Municipal Incentive Grant Program

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The Municipal Incentive Grant Program waives planning application fees (eg zoning by law amendments, minor variances, severances, site plan control, etc.) and refund building permit fees as an additional incentive to spur construction activity in the Central Area.

Comments on Funding:

Planning application fees will be waived in the amount of 100% for new residential projects and 50% for non-residential projects while building permit and demolition fees will be refunded to a maximum amount of $50,000 per project.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must be property owners within the Central Area Community Improvement Project Area.

Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. arrange a pre-application meeting with Municipal Staff in order to determine program eligibility;

2. complete and submit an application form and ensure that their application includes the required supporting documentation, if authorized to apply for a grant;

3. Applications and supporting documentation are reviewed by staff to ensure that they meet all of the eligibility requirements. If the application does not meet the eligibility requirements, applicants will be notified in writing;

4. Staff may request clarification or additional supporting documentation;

5. Staff will perform an initial site visit and inspection of the property, if necessary;

6. If the application is approved by Council, the Grant Agreement is then executed by the City. A copy of the executed agreement(s) is then returned to the applicants for their records.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:
1. photographs of the existing building;
2. a site plan and/or professional design/study/architectural drawings;
3. specification of the the proposed works, including a work plan for the improvements to be completed and construction drawings;
4. a heritage impact statement for designated or eligible properties;
5. environmental reports and/or Record of Site Condition, as necessary;
The applicant provides the City with proof of completion of project, including:
1. photographic evidence of completed project satisfactory to City;
2. other documentation proving completion of the project, i.e. engineer’s report (if required);
3. all final reports and documentation as required.

Other Things to Note:

No deadline found. The 2017 Central Area Community Improvement Plan mentions the same programs as the 2021 Central Area Community Improvement Plan and usually these are programs that strech over years.

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