Maryanne Firth / Tribune
Keep it consistent.
That’s the plan Port Colborne chose to proceed with Monday, making some slight changes to the municipality’s existing community improvement plans.
“This report brings consistency to all of our CIPs,” Dan Aquilina, director of planning and development, told councillors.
Policy ensures a 50% rebate will be offered “across the board” for planning and building permit application fees that fall within the CIP areas. The rebate will be offered through the city’s Olde Humberstone Main St., Brownfield, Downtown Central Business District, East Waterfront and Industrial CIPs.
Before the report was passed, two of the CIPs offered a 100% rebate, two a 50% rebate and one no rebate at all.
This “adds to the suite of robust incentives” offered by the city, said Mayor Vance Badawey.
The municipality’s incentives combined with those potentially offered in the future by Niagara Region should encourage investment in the area, he added.
A report to establish Niagara Region’s Gateway Economic Zone and Centre community improvement plan was endorsed at a regional committee meeting last week. It will now be circulated to affected municipalities including Port Colborne, Welland, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Thorold for comment.
City council also passed a motion Monday directing staff to prepare a report for the region showing Port Colborne’s intentions to align city incentives with those offered at the regional level.