Community Improvement Plans

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Section 28 of the Planning Act permits a municipality to identify specific areas as community improvement areas and, in conformity with an implementing Community Improvement Plan, offer grants or loans to pay for the whole or part of the eligible costs of the community improvement to property owners.

The City of Niagara Falls has approved four Community Improvement Plans (CIP) that provide guidelines and financial incentives towards physical, economic and environmental improvements within the Plan area.

**The City has initiated a study to consider a new Community Improvement Plan along Lundy's Lane. Please visit the Lundy's Lane CIP page for information.**

 Downtown Community Improvement Plan

Downtown CIP Area Boundary

 

 

Application Guides: 

  • Commercial Building and Facade Improvement GrantTo promote the restoration and improvment of the facades of commercial and mixed-use buildings and promote the maintenance and physical improvment of existing buildings and properties.
  • Revitalization Grant - To provide financial incentive to help offset the increased property taxes that result from the rehabilitation of downtown residential and commercial properties.
  • Residential Loan - To provide a 0% interest loan to promote the: conversion of non-residential buildings to residential use; upgrade of existing residential buildings to meet Building Code, Fire Code and Property Standards By-law; and construction of residential units on vacant properties.

 

Historic Drummondville Community Improvement Plan Historic Drummondville CIP Area Boundary

This Plan encourages redevelopment and private sector investment in the creation of new residential units and the rehabilitation of commercial buildings.

Application Guides:

  • Commercial Building and Facade Improvement Grant - To promote the restoration and improvement of the facades of commercial and mixed use buildings, and promote the maintenance and physical improvement of existing buildings and properties.
  • Revitalization Grant - To provide a financial incentive to help offset the increased property taxes that result from the rehabilitation of residential and commercial properties.
  • Residential Loan - To provide a 0% interest loan to promote the: conversion of non-residential buildings to residential use; upgrade of existing residential buildings to meet Building Code, Fire Code and Property Standards By-law; and construction of residential units on vacant properties.

Brownfield Community Improvement Plan

Brownfield CIP Area Boundary

This CIP was developed to assist in the study and clean-up of former industrial properties that may contain some form of contamination in the first step towards redevelopment of the lands.

Application Guides:

  • Environmental Study Grant - a grant to help offest the cost of conducting a Phase II Environmental Assessment, Remedial Work Plan, and/or Risk Assessments/Risk Management Plans.
  • Rehabilitation Grant - To provide a financial incentive in the form of a freeze of property taxes for up to 5 years to help offset the costs of remediation and to provide financial incentive in the form of an annual grant for up to 10 years after Tax Assistance Program ends to offset the costs of remediation and redevelopment.

Niagara Gateway Economic Zone Community Improvement Plan

The purpose of the Gateway CIP is to stimulate new, sustainable investment by existing businesses and new businesses on employment lands in the Gateway Economic Zone.

Application Guides:

  • Tax Increment Based Grant Program and Development Charge Grant Application - a tax increment based grant following completion of an eligible project involving development, redevelopment, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of buildings and properties on employment lands where that project creates an increase in assessment.
  • Municipal Employment Incentive Program - offers further incentives at the Municipal level for development that qualifies under the Tax Increment Based Grant Program including planning application Fee waivers, building permit fee rebates and study grants.

Additional Incentives:

Development Charge Exemptions

The City's Development Charges By-law 2014-87 offers exemptions for various types of development located within the Community Improvement Plans listed above.  Please contact our Building Department for further details.

 

Contact and More Information

For more information, please contact:

Planning Department
905-356-7521 ext. 4238
planning@niagarafalls.ca

or

Business Development
905-356-7521, ext. 5000
bdd@niagarafalls.ca