Community Improvement Plan

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The Township of Georgian Bluffs is in the process of implementing a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) program. This program will provide loans, grants, rebates or other incentives to businesses or farms in Georgian Bluffs to invest in the economic vitality and prosperity of the community.

This initiative is a commitment to encouraging investment and fostering development that resonates with the unique character and needs of Georgian Bluffs. As we lay the groundwork for this program, your perspective and input matters. We are looking for feedback from our community members, local businesses, and the agricultural community on how to best distribute funding. Together, we can shape a CIP program that not only aligns with our goals, but supports a vibrant future.



The Township of Georgian Bluffs is in the process of implementing a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) program. This program will provide loans, grants, rebates or other incentives to businesses or farms in Georgian Bluffs to invest in the economic vitality and prosperity of the community.

This initiative is a commitment to encouraging investment and fostering development that resonates with the unique character and needs of Georgian Bluffs. As we lay the groundwork for this program, your perspective and input matters. We are looking for feedback from our community members, local businesses, and the agricultural community on how to best distribute funding. Together, we can shape a CIP program that not only aligns with our goals, but supports a vibrant future.



  • What will the CIP Project Involve?

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    The project to develop the CIP includes:

    • Defining a CIP program area for which the program will apply.
    • Understanding what types of community improvement residents and businesses would like to see.
    • Understanding what types of incentives would be most effective to encourage community improvement.
    • Understanding what eligibility criteria would be most effective for applicants of the CIP program.
    • Developing a draft CIP program and sharing it with the public and key stakeholders for feedback (e.g. the farming community, the business community, Grey County, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing).
    • Creating a finalized CIP program with incentives for Council’s adoption.

    The Township of Georgian Bluffs has hired J. L. Richards & Associates to engage with the community and assist in developing the CIP program.

  • What is a CIP program?

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    A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool under the Planning Act that enables municipalities to encourage community revitalization through financial incentives such as grants, loans, rebates. A CIP can cover a variety of community improvement themes within a certain area, to enhance and revitalize properties.

    It can be used to:

    • Increase attainable housing stock, including secondary suites, multi-unit housing, purpose-built rental housing, rooming house developments, and apartment dormitory-style developments.
    • Increase value-added agricultural uses, agri-tourism, and facility improvement projects.
    • Promote the redevelopment and/or conversion of brownfield, vacant, and greyfield properties.
    • Support downtown revitalization of storefronts, publicly-used frontages, and streetscapes.
    • Support the adaptive re-use of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.

    Through funding available from Grey County, the Township of Georgian Bluffs is looking to start a CIP program to promote economic development and support the businesses and farms that are vital to our community. We’d like to hear from you! What kind of CIP program and incentives would be most useful for Georgian Bluffs?

Page last updated: 09 Feb 2024, 01:15 PM