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Downtown Kemptville Community Action Plan Available for Public Feedback

February 2, 2021

North Grenville, ON – The Municipality of North Grenville is determined to see downtown Kemptville be a thriving, vibrant gathering place for local residents and tourists, generating further employment opportunities and fostering a strong sense of community.

The Municipality is creating the Downtown Kemptville Community Action Plan (DKCAP) to address present and future opportunities in Kemptville’s downtown core.

The concept of creating a Community Action Plan for downtown Kemptville is to look more comprehensively at the factors that influence the health and vitality of the downtown area.

“Downtown Kemptville has and will remain a crucial destination and touchpoint in our community,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“We are excited for it to be a desirable place for people to live, work and play.”  

In charting a path for a revitalized downtown Kemptville, the Community Action Plan will revisit the previous Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to ensure that appropriate financial tools and incentives are available for North Grenville to apply.

The plan is also intended to provide a workplan to establish flexible planning requirements and standards to facilitate creative investment by investors.

“We need to provide our property owners with the tools and processes to fulfill the vision we have for our downtown,” added Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman.

The plan reviews the Municipality’s business practices to ensure they are aligned to prioritize downtown investment and facilitate expediated approvals and permits. The plan suggests program and resource alignment changes to implement the defined priorities.

The final plan is intended to create a framework to apply financial tools and processes to incent specific types of desired development and re-development investment for the downtown area. This includes building on existing efforts such as the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Taskforce.

As part of the stakeholder engagement phase, members from the business, development, and broader community were invited to provide input. The draft plan was presented to Council on January 26th, 2021 and is now being made public for community feedback.

Community members can view the plan and provide feedback at www.NorthGrenville.ca/DKCAP until February 17, 2021.

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For more information:  

Hillary Geneau, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Municipality of North Grenville

613-258-9569 ext. 162