A Community Improvement Plan or CIP is a tool that allows a municipality to direct funds and implement policy initiatives toward a specifically defined project area.
Community Improvement Plans are intended to encourage revitalization initiatives and/or stimulate development and redevelopment. Once implemented, the plan allows municipalities to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to assist in the revitalization of lands and/or buildings within the defined Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA).
Downtown Community Improvement Plan
The CIP provides a framework for creating and implementing various programs to revitalize and reshape Trenton’s physical and social environment and Frankford’s downtown and waterfront areas. The CIP also establishes financial incentives to encourage property owners to improve the appearance of their storefronts.
- To encourage the continued vitality and economic viability of the commercial cores in all seasons.
- To stimulate new investment in public and private lands.
- To encourage consistency in urban design guidelines.
- To create an attractive image of the City that reflects the historic character and heritage of the community.
- To reinforce the commercial cores as a focus for the community.
- Improve connections between commercial areas, the waterfront, and recreational trails and improve pedestrian access within the core areas.
- To provide incentives for rehabilitating the commercial core areas as an attractive and vibrant destination for the City’s citizens and visitors.
The City of Quinte West is pleased with the success of the CIP incentive program. Since 2005, the City has allocated more than $600,000 in funding for building façade improvements, signage, and landscaping in the downtown business improvement area. The CIP incentive program continues to grow and prosper.
The heritage colour palette is designed to assist property owners when selecting paint colours for their buildings. The palette includes suggested combinations of main body and trim colours.