Community Improvement Programs
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.
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 Program
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.
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.
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.
In addition, there are also provincial incentives available:
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