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

Given the economic impact of COVID-19 on the local economy, Sarnia City Council has requested at its Meeting held on July 13, 2020 that a re-vote be completed on the consideration of a Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

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

Despite the fact that owners may have submitted information that was requested in December of 2019, to initiate the original voting process, all commercial owners are required under the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, to resubmit a list of your commercial tenants to the Office of the City Clerk before Monday, September 21, 2020, so that an up to date list of eligible rate payers can be compiled by the City.

About the BIA

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.

Requirements

Under subsection 210(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001, owners are required 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 Office of the City Clerk, 255 Christina St. N., P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2, clerks@sarnia.ca on or before 4:30 pm, Monday, September 21, 2020.

Objections

Persons responsible for all or part of the commercial taxes assessed against the property may have the right to object to the Municipal Council establishing the proposed area as a Business Improvement Area. The Sarnia City Council shall 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.

A report outlining the results of this re-vote will be presented to Sarnia City Council at its Meeting to be held on December 7, 2020.

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 Office of the City Clerk, 255 Christina St. N., P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2, clerks@sarnia.ca on or before 4:30 pm, Monday, October 19, 2020.

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