Council approves pilot community improvement plan for Kerr Village

Thursday, February 07, 2013 – for immediate release

Council approves pilot community improvement plan for Kerr Village

Pilot project set to improve building exteriors in area

A pilot community improvement plan for Kerr Village will focus on building exteriors in the area. At Monday’s Planning and Development meeting, Council directed town staff to prepare the plan.

“This is a very exciting time for Kerr Village and Oakville as a whole,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Community improvement plans allow the town to work with business and property owners to find ways of improving their buildings and surroundings; creating even greater opportunities for economic attraction and growth.”

A community improvement plan is a tool in the Planning Act that allows municipalities to look at areas throughout the community, such as unused industrial sites, ageing cultural heritage resources, emerging growth areas or downtown main street districts, which could be improved by maintenance, rehabilitation, development or redevelopment.

“We look forward to working with Kerr Village BIA, property owners and residents in the area to develop this community improvement plan,” said Cathy Duddeck, Ward 2 Town and Regional Councillor. “It is partnerships like this that truly make a positive difference not only in the immediate area, but across our entire community.”

The town’s Livable Oakville Plan outlines policies that will allow for this type of planning, and community consultation will be a vital component to this pilot project. In creating the plan for Kerr Village, the community will be engaged in setting priority areas, helping determine what financial approaches will be most beneficial, and looking at what type of buildings will be within the scope of the plan.

“Community involvement is the driver behind successful community improvement plans,” said Pam Damoff, Ward 2 Town Councillor,” “With no provincial or federal funding available for these types of programs, I am pleased the town is moving forward to work with the community in designing this pilot project and sharing our experiences and success with all of Oakville.”

The plan will be drafted throughout this year with financial forecasts submitted for the town’s budget process in late 2013. If approved, the targeted implementation of the pilot project is set to run from 2014 to 2019.

For more information on community improvement plans and to review the staff report on the Kerr Village pilot project, view the February 4 Planning and Development Council/agenda.

For more information

Dana Anderson
Director of Planning Services
Town of Oakville

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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Council approves pilot community improvement plan for Kerr Village