Community Improvement Plan

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool that allows a municipality to direct funds and implement policy initiatives toward a specifically defined project area. The Community Improvement Plans are intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and/or stimulate development. The plans allow the City to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to assist in the rehabilitation of lands and/or buildings within the defined Community Improvement Project Area, subject to the requirements of the respective Community Improvement Plan.

NEW Affordable Rental Housing Community Improvement Plan

City of Belleville Affordable Rental Housing Community Improvement Plan and Updated Downtown Community Improvement Plan Interim Report

Invitation to Public Information Centre
December 11, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Fireplace Meeting Room, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
265 Cannifton Road, Belleville, ON

This major initiative resulted from the Belleville Housing Summit which was the requirement for an Affordable Rental Housing CIP. This project has been awarded to Dillon Consulting with an expected completion date of January 2020

For more details on the Affordable Rental Housing CIP, please review the Staff Report


Reduced Parking Requirements for Affordable Rental Housing

A Minor Variance can provide reduce the required parking for affordable rental housing. For more details on the reducing the parking requirements, please review the Staff Report.


If you wish to be notified of upcoming meeting please email to be included on the Interested Parties list (please quote “Affordable Rental Housing CIP”)


Downtown CIP Review

At the Belleville Housing Summit, Council passed the following resolution,

“THAT Council direct staff to develop a Terms of Reference for the undertaking of a housing community improvement plan that will provide incentives for affordable rental unit in addition to leveraging the opportunities of the existing Brownfields Community Improvement Plan and Downtown Community Improvement Plan.”

The Downtown CIP is being reviewed by Dillon Consulting with the goal of providing a holistic approach to downtown improvements which would also look at incentivizing housing opportunities in the City’s core.

For more details on the Downtown CIP, please review the Staff Report


If you wish to be notified of upcoming meeting please email to be included on the Interested Parties list (please quote “Downtown CIP”)

Downtown Community Improvement Programs

The City recently completed the final phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project in November 2018, and continues to invest in the downtown area through Community Improvement Programs.

Façade Improvement Plan

This program awards capital grants for the upgrading of existing buildings’ façades.

The primary purpose of the Façade Improvement Program is to encourage preservation of the architectural traditions upon which the character of the downtown of the City of Belleville is based. The whole of the downtown benefits from the Program that confirms and maintains consistency in design of existing buildings, and ensures that existing buildings are maintained or restored in a manner sympathetic to their architectural style and brings continuity to the downtown.

The Façade Improvement Program encourages restoration and rehabilitation of older downtown buildings in a fashion that has regard to their original design, the downtown and the provisions of the Ontario Building Code.

Design & Procedural Guide

Grant Application

Downtown Tax Rebate Program

The primary purpose of the Tax Rebate Program is to encourage the upgrading and/or restoration of existing buildings by providing an incentive for those who undertake such work to benefit from gradual tax increases through a tax rebate program.

Under the Tax Rebate Program, payments in the form of non-repayable tax rebates will be provided by the City of Belleville on an application basis to owners of buildings in the City's Business Improvement Area to offset the increase in the municipal portion of realty taxes resulting from improvements to existing buildings.

Tax Rebate Program Procedural Guideline


Brownfields Community Improvement Program

Brownfields are abandoned, vacant, derelict or underutilized commercial and industrial properties, usually provided with urban services, where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination.

The purpose of the City of Belleville CIP is to provide the City with a policy framework and set of tools to stimulate the redevelopment of brownfield sites. The tools implemented through the Brownfields CIP will provide financial assistance to owners of sites with either perceived or actual environmental contamination by reducing or eliminating the costs associated with site assessment and remediation.

Brownfields Community Improvement Program

Provincial Incentives

In addition, there are also provincial incentives available:

Invest in Ontario


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