Public meeting to be held on Leeds and Thousand Islands community improvement plan

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The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is inviting interested residents to attend a public meeting Monday on a proposed Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

The session takes place at 5:45 p.m. in the council chambers in Lansdowne.

Under the new CIP, council will be considering five new grants to support improvement projects. The availability of programs from year to year will be determined by council on an annual basis and will be influenced by budget capacity and community priorities.

The programs include: a Façade Improvement Program (50 per cent cost-matching grant, up to $5,000); Accessibility and Code Compliance Program (50 per cent cost-matching grant, up to $5,000); Secondary Dwelling Unit Support Program (50 per cent cost-matching grant, up to $5,000); Building Conversion and Expansion Program (50 per cent cost-matching grant, up to $15,000); and an Agri-tourism Program (50 per cent cost-matching grant, up to $5,000).

The grant programs will be subject to an application process.

To complement the financial incentive programs, the draft CIP also outlines a series of municipal initiatives for the township to consider pursuing over the life of the plan.

The initiatives being considered under the plan include adopting land a acknowledgement and communications policy; improving public parks and water access; supporting property standards management; main strain revitalization; improving wayfinding in the township; supporting attainable and affordable housing; assessing opportunities for unopened right-of-ways; supporting environmental stewardship; and exploring opportunities for the re-use or redevelopment of the Seeley’s Bay firehall.

Town officials say these initiatives do not represent a to-do list or firm commitment of council, as their implementation will depend on available funding, community support, and council priorities from year to year.

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