WHEREAS City Council at its meeting held June 26, 2018 adopted Item 8 of Committee of the Whole – Community Development Report #2018-06-05B as follows:
8. Boundaries – Core Area Development Programs
WHEREAS the City of Brantford supports a strong vital downtown and has as such identified an Urban Growth Centre; and
WHEREAS the City has implemented programs of support for core area development through various initiatives including the provision of reduced parking regulations and offering cash in lieu of parking, exemption from development charges, and providing financial support for community improvement initiatives through business performance, design and façade grants etc.; and
WHEREAS boundaries were created at various times to identify where such initiatives would apply as identified on the attached Map; and
WHEREAS City Council has approved an expansion to the boundary for the Downtown Brantford Business Improvement Area (BIA) in 2013; and
WHEREAS the various boundaries that reflect the programs of support for core area development are inconsistent and may cause confusion and lead to perceived unfairness in their application; and
WHEREAS the encouragement of development that leads to greater residential growth in the core area will support healthier business and retail sectors;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
- THAT City Staff explore how the Community Improvement Area designation may be used to assist the development at 100 Market St. South; and
- THAT Staff BE DIRECTED to review the boundaries for the various core area development programs of support, for clarity and consistency in the light of changes that have occurred since the boundaries were adopted; and
- THAT Staff BE DIRECTED to report back to Council with recommendations as soon as possible.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the follow up report as requested by City Council at its June 26, 2018 meeting BE PRESENTED to Committee of the Whole – Community Development by its August 2019 meeting.