The City of Kenora is offering community members another opportunity to participate in the Community Improvement Plan process for Keewatin. They're holding a second meeting on Thursday, May 7 between 5 and 7 o'clock at the New Horizons Seniors Centre in Keewatin.

The purpose of the Keewatin CIP is to stimulate growth and investment in Keewatin through a set of financial incentive programs for Keewatin businesses, building owners and developers.

The Keewatin CIP process was initiated in 2014. A Keewatin Working Group representing businesses, building owners, community organizations, Keewatin residents and developers developed a long term vision for Keewatin, "as a quaint, year-round healthy lifestyle community offering passive and active recreational and cultural activities that are accessible by land and by water for all to enjoy. Its main streets will be visually appealing and vibrant, providing places to live, work, shop, and play for all members of the community."

Public input into the process also occurred through an on line survey which was completed by 125 community members. An open house was held in November of 2014 to provide the opportunity for further input into the CIP. The Keewatin CIP has been reviewed by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and on April 21, the City received further input at Statutory Public meeting at City Hall in Council Chambers.

"This is a community-developed document and includes some new initiatives we haven't used in Kenora. We want to hear from the community that the they are satisfied with the goals of the Keewatin CIP," said councillor Sharon Smith.

One of the recommendations of the Keewatin CIP is incentives for the development of affordable housing. The Keewatin CIP is being developed at a time when the community has identified a need for affordable, market housing to accommodate the full spectrum of Kenora's population - from young families starting out to retirees and empty-nesters looking to downsize. The City of Kenora's Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014, identified housing as one of the top priorities in the community.

For more information:
Keewatin CIP presented to public
Council looks at CIP for Keewatin