Community Improvement Plan
The Downtown and Waterfront Area Community Improvement Plan (CIP) provides financial incentives for eligible projects that meet the objectives of the policy. Only properties located within the Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) are eligible for funding under the suite of programs.
The Downtown and Waterfront Area CIP is intended to promote economic sustainability and quality of life in downtown Smiths Falls and to encourage long-term investment in private property – focusing primarily on the sustainability and enhancement of the commercial building stock, with an additional focus on opportunities to enable mixed-use and higher-density residential development.
The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Evaluation Committee is responsible for receiving and evaluating applications submitted under the suite of financial incentive programs. The Committee is responsible for forming recommendations for funding to Council. The final decision for funding is at the discretion of Council.
For any questions regarding the Downtown and Waterfront Area CIP contact:
Karl Grenke, RPP, MCIP
613-283-4124 ext 1116
613-283-4124 ext 1136
How do I apply?
- Check your eligibility using the Grant Eligibility Guidelines.
- Determine which incentive program best suits your project:
- Program 1 – Façade, Landscape and Signage Improvement Grant Program
- Program 2 – Building, Restoration, Renovation and Improvement Program
- Program 3 – Planning Fees and Building Permit Grant Program
- Program 4 – Tax-based Redevelopment Grant (TIG) Program
- Program 5 – Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Grant Program
- Program 6 – Environmental Remediation Tax Assistance Program
- Contact the Planning Clerk to determine the availability of funding and conduct a pre-consultation. Note: Limited funds may be available. Funding is disbursed on a first come, first serve basis.
- Complete the Downtown and Waterfront Area CIP Application
- Gather all additional CIP documentation to be submitted as indicated on the application.
Community Improvement Plan – Policy Update
The Town of Smiths Falls has identified the need to develop a new Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to stimulate investment in the revitalization of the community. The development of a CIP with a “menu” of programs to choose from will allow the Town to curate local investment opportunities as the Town’s needs change and adapt. The Town is interested in promoting a multitude of goals such as attainable housing; façade, landscape and signage improvements, universal accessibility and brownfield rehabilitation and redevelopment. To do this the Town is seeking to update its existing Downtown and Waterfront CIP based on the program of the existing six financial incentive programs and incorporate provisions and incentives which support and stimulate the development of attainable housing throughout Town.
Why should you participate in the review of the CIP?
As with all important Town planning documents, input from the community is vital to the success of the CIP. This includes input from local Councillors, Downtown Business Association (DBA), organizations, developers, businesses and the community. It will be important to obtain the views of these community interests and give them meaningful opportunities to collaborate with the project team to gear the plan toward the needs of the Community.
The Town of Smiths Falls held a Public Information Centre (PIC) on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to introduce the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) project. The PIC provided the public with an opportunity to learn about the CIP project and offer their insight on areas or sites of interest. A survey was also made available to the public from May 18th, 2022 to May 26th, 2022 to gain additional feedback relating to issues presented at the PIC.
To review a recording of the PIC, including the presentation conducted by Dillon Consulting, please click the following link:
A summary of public feedback, including feedback received from staff identified stakeholders, has been prepared and is available on the Speak Up Smiths Falls project page for information.
Be part of the conversation for shaping this important municipal document in Smiths Falls! Email your feedback to email@example.com
Visit Speak Up Smiths Falls – Community Improvement Plan Policy Update and register for regular email updates regarding the Community Improvement Plan Update Project and download supporting documentation.