Dated December 19, 2019

Notice of Intention to pass a By-Law to Designate an Area to be known as the Downtown Business Improvement Area and to establish the Downtown Business Improvement Area and Board of Management

Notices have been mailed to owners of property located within the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area (identified in the map below).

The Corporation of the City of Sarnia intends to consider the adoption of a by-law to designate an area as a Business Improvement Area, to be known as the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and to establish a board of management to be known as the Downtown Business Improvement Board of Management. The proposed downtown Business Improvement Area would include all of the properties in the City of Sarnia indicated with the boundary of the map attached to this by-law (Schedule “A”) and is described in section 2.1 of the by-law.

The objectives of the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area Board of Management are:

  • To oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally; and
  • To promote the area as a business or shopping area.

A copy of the draft By-Law to establish the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area and the Downtown Business Improvement Area Board of Management available for download below.

If the by-law is passed, the funds required by the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area Board of Management may be raised by the City of Sarnia by establishing a special charge on the rateable property in the Downtown Business Improvement Area which would be added to the tax roll for the properties.

Under subsection 210(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001, owners are required within 30 days of the date of this notice to:

  • Give a copy of the notice to each tenant of your property who is required to pay all or part of the taxes on the property; and
  • Give the City Clerk a list of every tenant of your property and the share of the taxes that each tenant is required to pay and the share that you as the owner is required to pay.

A Listing of Tenants Form is enclosed. The Listing of Tenants Form must be filed with the City Clerk, Dianne Gould-Brown, 255 Christina St. N., P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2, clerks@sarnia.ca on or before 4:30 pm, Monday, January 20, 2020.

Owners and tenants have the right to object to the Municipal Council establishing the proposed area as a Business Improvement Area. The City may not pass this by-law if there are written objections from at least one-third of the total number of owners and tenants in the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area and those persons are responsible for at least one-third of the taxes levied for purposes of the general local municipality levy on rateable property in all prescribed business property classes in the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area.

An Objection Form is available below. Please only return the Objection Form if you wish to OBJECT to the establishment of the proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area and the Downtown Business Improvement Area Board of Management. The Objection Form must be filed with the City Clerk, Dianne Gould-Brown, 255 Christina St. N., P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2, clerks@sarnia.ca on or before 4:30 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

For any questions regarding the above matter, please contact Dianne Gould-Brown, City Clerk, clerks@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330 ext. 3320.