Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Green Hub Community Improvement Plan

City Council had approved the Green Hub Community Improvement Plan (CIP) in October  2009 and the CIP came into effect on December 1st of that year.

The CIP places emphasis on green employment, renewable energy projects, energy efficiency of buildings, and redevelopment of brown fields. It is all about creating a "Green Hub" or industry focus that will look to retain and attract businesses that are involved in the production of environmentally and ecologically sound products. The Green Hub CIP was produced by the MMM Group Ltd. and WCM Consulting, and provides a framework of incentive programs and action plans that will encourage this type of development in the City.

To recap, the CIP effort involved comprehensive stakeholder and public consultation to make sure that it satisfied community needs. A Strategy Document was created following the community consultation process. The CIP allows the City to acquire, rehabilitate and dispose of land and to undertake infrastructure and public space improvements. It also provides the City with the ability to provide financial incentives to land owners and tenants which in the normal planning and development process would not be possible.

Chris Darling, the former Director of Development Services, had noted that "It will provide a strong direction for economic development." Sustainable growth management and development practices are the future and it is important to attract or develop industry and jobs that engage in ecologically and environmentally sound business practices. This is an opportunity to use existing planning tools in a new way to encourage the development or redevelopment of properties linked to green industries and green technologies. It will also encourage the improvement of underutilized land and buildings and enhance the industrial tax base of the City.

Linda Skilton, Principal of Frost Campus, Fleming College in Lindsay, has praised the plan "that will attract green business which will provide employment for the College's environmental and natural resource science graduates… The college can provide training for new and existing businesses that are attracted by the plan's incentives."

The initial assistance programs offered under the CIP will be the Brownfield Tax Assistance Program and the Green Development Tax Increment-Equivalent Grant Program.

For more information, please contact:

Economic Development Office
180 Kent Street West. Lindsay
705-324-9411  Extension 1232
Email:  Economic Development

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, Ontario  K9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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