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Community Improvement Plan

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is updating its Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to focus on current needs and trends affecting local business owners and entrepreneurs. 

What is a Community Improvement Plan?

A CIP is a planning and economic development tool that municipalities may use to facilitate broad community revitalization goals through grants or loans to private property owners and tenants. The updated CIP also aligns with Bruce County’s recently enhanced Spruce the Bruce program.

What updates are we making?

The updated CIP will allow Huron-Kinloss businesses to access the new Spruce the Bruce funding programs being offered by the County of Bruce and includes a new Community Improvement Plan Area - the entire Township. The Township has also extended its Downtown Improvement Programs to include additional programs to assist our Downtown Business Owners improve accessibility and develop new products and experiences. The CIP will continue to support our economic development goals by:

  • Revitalizing downtown store fronts and streetscapes; reduction of vacant storefronts;
  • Promoting the development of vacant or underutilized properties and encourage/attract investment;
  • Increasing agricultural value-add, agri-tourism, and facility improvement projects.

Public Meeting

The Township of Huron-Kinloss hosted a statutory Public Meeting on April 8th, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 21 Queen St. Ripley, ON to consider the updates to the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) pursuant to provisions under Section 28(4) of the Planning Act. There were no comments or questions received from the public.

An update to the draft Community Improvement Plan By-law was made after the public meeting to clarify what Community Improvement Plan Areas are eligible for the Business Adaptability and Accessibility, Agri-food Innovation and Product/Experience Development programs. Businesses located in all Community Improvement Plan areas are eligible to apply for funding through these programs.

Draft Community Improvement Plan

Review the draft Community Improvement Plan and the current Community Improvement Plan By-Law 2019-105 and learn more about our Downtown Improvement Program


Community Improvement Plan Area - Lucknow

Community Improvement Plan Area - Point Clark

Community Improvement Plan Area - Ripley

Community Improvement Plan Area - Township of Huron-Kinloss

By-law Approval

A new Community Improvement Plan By-law will be coming forward April 15th, 2024 for Council to review and approve. By-law No. 2013-46 Community Improvement Plan Areas will be amended at the April 15th, 2024 Council meeting to update the maps and include the new Community Improvement Plan Area; the entire Township. 

Appeal Period

A mandatory 20 day appeal period will be in effect after the Notice of Decision is posted on April 16th, 2024. 

Only individuals, corporations, or public bodies may appeal a decision of the approval authority to the Ontario Land Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Land Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. Anyone wishing to appeal the decision is required to submit a Notice of Appeal (available at setting out the reasons for the appeal and the specific part of the proposed Community Improvement Plan to which the appeal applies, as well as the prescribed appeal fee required by the Tribunal.

The last date for Appeal of this Decision is May 7th, 2024. Appeals are to be filed with the Approval Authority:

Jennifer White, Manager of Legislative Services/Clerk
21 Queen St. PO Box 130
Ripley, ON
N0G 2R0
519-395-3735 ex. 123

Notifications and Comments 

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the Community Improvement Plan, you must make a written request to the Clerk of the Township of Huron-Kinloss at

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Huron-Kinloss before the by-law adopting the Community Improvement Plan is passed on April 15th 2024, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Huron-Kinloss to the Ontario Land Tribunal.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to The Township of Huron-Kinloss 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 Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Comments and opinions submitted on these matters, including the originator’s name and address, become part of the public record, may be viewed by the general public and may be published in a staff report and Council Agenda.


Questions about the Community Improvement Plan can be submitted to Michelle at or 519-395-3735.

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