Cobourg’s first Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was created for downtown and has resulted in annual grants and loans to Downtown businesses wanting to spruce up their premises. But if it works to allow subsidies for upgrading Downtown buildings why not create one to legalize subsidies for affordable housing? At their Monday Council meeting, Council approved the award of a contract for the preparation of a Town-wide Affordable Housing CIP at a cost of $65,185. In his supporting memo, Director Glen McGlashon said that “the CIP would provide a legal mechanism and various incentive tools authorized under Section 28 of the Planning Act to help stimulate the provision of affordable and rental housing in the community.” In addition to being affordable and for the rental market, the intent is to encourage exemplary and sustainable design.
The reason given as to why this is happening is because the current Strategic Plan includes a goal to “create a housing strategy that is in alignment with the County of Northumberland’s Housing Strategy”.
The contract will be awarded to MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson (MHBC) Planning Limited, in association with SHS Consulting.
Scope of Contract
The RFP required:
- The preparation of a detailed framework and/or implementation plan to provide a wide range of incentive options, or tools, for the Municipality to offer to private sector organizations in exchange for the provision of affordable and rental housing that meets the needs of all residents in the community; and,
- The preparation of a detailed framework and/or implementation plan to provide incentive options which encourage the private sector to champion and incorporate exemplary urban design, universal design and sustainable design measures into new development and re-development proposals, and to stimulate brownfield re-development, in the municipality.
The plan will be called the “Affordable & Rental Housing Community Improvement Plan (CIP)“.
The contract includes a requirement for a “formal Communications and Public Engagement Plan” which is expected to begin in mid-September and conclude in March of 2020. No doubt that will include a survey on Engage Cobourg and a Public meeting at some point.
- Strategic Plan – 2019-2022 – on Cobourg Internet since it’s hard to find on Town site.
- Staff Memo re awarding contract (on Town’s Civic Web)