TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Section 28 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended the Corporation of the City of Sarnia will hold a Public Meeting to present and receive public input regarding a proposed Community Improvement Plan.

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held by the Council of the City of Sarnia to consider this on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:00AM.

Text Box: Downtown

TAKE NOTICE that a virtual public meeting will be held to consider a new proposed Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the commercial areas of Downtown, Mitton Village and Northgate pursuant to the provisions of the Planning Act. The purpose of this Public Meeting is to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan. The meeting is open to any person. You will have an opportunity to speak on the proposed CIP. Written comments are also acceptable. Any personal information may become part of the public record.

PROPOSED COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The Community Improvement Plan has been prepared to leverage targeted public investment in the form of capital investments through a suite of grant offerings, with the intent to stimulate private investment in support of specific and defined community outcomes such as:

  • facilitating growth while encouraging private sector investment;
  • supporting the development of affordable and rental housing;
  • enhancing the quality of the public realm;
  • creating a focus for community activities;
  • beautification opportunities along the waterfront and improving connectivity between the waterfront and the downtown core; and
  • identifying changes needed to land use planning policies, zoning, and/or other bylaws, policies, and practices;

Additional information on the proposed community improvement plan is available for review on Speak Up Sarnia at https://www.speakupsarnia.ca/community-improvement-plan.

Text Box: Northgate

VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING INFORMATION

You are encouraged to provide your comments or questions in writing by email to planning@sarnia.ca by regular mail to the City of Sarnia, c/o Community Services Division, 255 Christina Street North, P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia ON N7T 7N2. Additionally, comment may be placed in the City Hall drop box located on the right hand side of the Christina Street entrance.

Anyone wishing to speak on this matter at the Virtual Public Meeting is encouraged to pre-register at www.virtualsarnia.ca, and no later than noon Friday, November 20th.

Please note that the meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s website and Facebook page. You do not need to register to view the meeting.

You can participate in the public meeting by:

Phone

Dial +1-855-703-8985 (Toll-Free)

Enter the Meeting ID: 832 3068 7500

Zoom Application

To access the meeting through Zoom visit www.virtualsarnia.ca and select Public Meetings.

Please plan to join about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting start time. If there are any questions, please contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330.

What happens at a Public Meeting?

The Public Meeting is your chance to hear more about the proposed Community Improvement Plans and make your views about them known. You may also speak at the meeting or submit written comments. Information from the public will help Council in their decision-making process, so make sure to have your say! Any person or agency may attend the Virtual Public Meeting and/or make verbal or written comments either in support or in opposition to the proposed Community Improvement Plans. However, persons or agencies wishing to make verbal comments must preregister.

WHEN WILL A DECISION BE MADE?

The proposed Community Improvement Plan will return to Council for consideration on December 7, 2020.

Want to be notified of a decision? You must make a request in writing to the Clerk if you wish to receive a notice of any decision of Council on this project.

Your rights to appeal a decision

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Sarnia to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Council before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to Council of the City of Sarnia before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Dated at the City of Sarnia this 30th, day of October 2020.

Eric Hyatt

Manager of Planning & Economic Development.