On November 25, 2019, Council endorsed the Recommended Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Port Perry Employment Area and on May 30, 2022 passed By-law 28-22 adopting the Community Improvement Plan for the Port Perry Employment Area.
Sierra Planning and Management were retained to prepare the CIP for the Port Perry Employment Area. The objective of this CIP is for the Township to offer various incentives and programs to the development community to:
- stimulate public and private sector investment in the Port Perry Employment Area;
- strengthen the Employment Area by attracting industries leading to increased competitiveness;
- off-set the currently large residential tax base (85% residential to 15% non-residential assessment); and
- contribute to the attraction, retention or development of a highly-skilled and knowledgeable local workforce.
The lands to which this CIP apply are outlined in the figure below. In addition, a landowner proposing to develop a hotel on appropriately designated commercial lands located within the Port Perry urban area or 1430 Highway 7A may also be eligible for assistance.
The CIP includes 3 programs, as follows:
Planning Application Fees and Building Permit Grant Program
This program is intended to offer property owners a reduction in applicable planning and building permit fees. Reduced planning and building permit fees may, in concert with other programs, help encourage new development efforts through reducing initial regulatory costs. This grant may provide a maximum grant of $15,000 per property or up to 75% of eligible planning application and building permit fees, whichever is less for eligible projects.
Development Charge (DC) Grant Program
Reduced development charges will help facilitate development and redevelopment efforts, and the Township will benefit through development which raises assessment and activity in the Employment Area. This grant program may provide a maximum of 100% reduction of the Development Charges levied by the Township for eligible projects.
Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Grant Program
This grant program may provide up to a 100% reduction in cash in-lieu of parkland dedication fees for eligible projects.
Implementation Guidelines (2022)