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Innovate North

What is “Innovate North”? 

The Municipality of North Middlesex, with the help of Re:public Urbanism, is undertaking the development of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP). A CIP is a powerful tool that can be used by a municipality to facilitate the (re)development, rehabilitation, or revitalization of selected areas to achieve a community’s goals for improvement. This project is being called “Innovate North” to capture the community’s desire to explore more innovative options for community improvement, in alignment with the general vision, mission, and goals for the community outlined in the North Middlesex 2018-2028 Strategic Plan. This page is dedicated to providing information and news related to “Innovate North” throughout the life of the project, so we encourage you to check back here often to stay up-to-date and involved!

Over the next few months, you’ll be hearing more about the project and ways to participate, including an online survey, virtual open house, and public meeting. These public engagement events will ensure that the community’s priorities are heard and reflected in the final product. Following the completion of this project in early 2021, the Municipality of North Middlesex will have a brand-new CIP developed by, and for, the community.

Public Consultation & Project Timeline

As mentioned, there will be a number of ways for the public to participate in “Innovate North”, and we encourage everyone to have their say in creating a vision for community improvement in North Middlesex. Below is a brief overview of the planned consultation events and project timeline:

 

The online survey is now open to the public until October 28th, 2020. Please follow the link below to take a brief 6-question survey about your priorities for community improvement in North Middlesex:

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!

If you are unable to complete the survey online, physical copies of the survey can be picked up and submitted at the Municipal office at 229 Parkhill Main Street, Parkhill, ON

Further information, including locations and times, on the virtual open house and public meeting events will be made available once firm dates and details have been determined. If you would like to receive notice of future consultation events regarding “Innovate North”, please submit a request using the information at the bottom of this page.

 

What exactly is a CIP?

A CIP is a powerful tool that can be used by a municipality to facilitate the (re)development, rehabilitation, or revitalization of selected areas to achieve a community’s goals for improvement. Depending on the community, these could be: increasing commercial activity on a main street; promoting (re)development of vacant, underutilized, or former industrial lands; or even generally improving the economic landscape for targeted sectors throughout the entire municipality. These goals are generally achieved through encouraging physical improvement projects on private and public lands that will benefit specific areas or even the entire community.

Most CIPs today provide a selection of financial incentive programs specially tailored to encourage property or building owners to undertake improvement projects that are aligned with the goals and vision of the plan. These programs typically offer grants to assist with costs associated with façade improvements, new signage, landscaping, or even professional studies, permits, or fees. Without a CIP, municipalities are generally prohibited from offering financial assistance to the private sector in any way; a CIP therefore provides unique and innovative opportunities for the municipality to help out the community.

For a more in-depth overview of the community improvement plans and the types of financial incentives that they may offer, please refer to the Community Improvement Plan Primer prepared by Re:public Urbanism in 2019 for the County of Middlesex:

County of Middlesex - Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Primer

 

How to Participate and Who to Contact

Should you have any questions or wish to receive more information on “Innovate North”, please do not hesitate to contact:

Mike Barnier, Director of Economic Development and Community Services
Municipality of North Middlesex
229 Parkhill Main Street
Parkhill, ON N0M 2K0
519-294-6244 ext. 220
mikeb@northmiddlesex.on.ca