Councillor’s View – Stittsville BIA

Dear Residents,

 

The concept of a Business Improvement Area (BIA) for Stittsville has been raised throughout the years by businesses and residents.

 

I am excited to let the community know that working with my office and the City’s Economic Development Office a group of Stittsville businesses and property owners established a Stittsville BIA Steering Committee. Interested individuals are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss establishing a Stittsville BIA on Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex Hall A located at 1500 Shea Road.  While this public meeting will be focused on providing information to businesses and commercial property owners, residents are also welcomed to attend.

 

Throughout my years involved in Stittsville as a previous business owner, founding member of the Stittsville Village Association, a resident and as the City Councillor for over a decade I feel it is very important that Stittsville has a BIA. Given the current growth and changes taking place in Stittsville I feel that this is an opportune timing to have the BIA come to fruition.

 

A BIA in Stittsville would bring many benefits to our local businesses and the community as a whole. As noted in the Ontario Business Improvement Handbook, a “Business Improvement Area is a “made-in-Ontario” innovation that allows local business people and commercial property owners and tenants to join together and, with the support of the municipality, to organize, finance, and carry out physical improvements and promote economic development in their district”. Funding for a BIA is provided through a levy through the commercial property taxes on all businesses within the BIA boundary.

 

The boundaries of the BIA would be determined by the Steering Committee and prior to the establishment of a

BIA all affected businesses will be contacted and provided the opportunity to vote on the proposal. While I have been providing support to moving this initiative forward, it is a completely business led program and decisions are made by the Steering Committee and once a BIA is formally established then the BIA Board, made up of businesses and property owners would make all decisions.

 

Please review the additional information prepared by the Steering Committee including the Stittsville BIA Information Sheet and Proposed Boundary Map. For more information you may contact the Steering Committee by emailing StittsvilleBIA@gmail.com. Please also join the Stittsville BIA Facebook Page and the Facebook Meeting Event Page.

 

The public meeting on July 18th will provide more information on the benefits of a BIA and how businesses and properties owners can get involved.   At the meeting the next steps including the formal voting and approval process required to establish a BIA will also be discussed.  If you are interested but unable to attend the meeting I will share a recap of the meeting in my eNewsletter.

 

There are many great businesses in Stittsville and I would like to showcase the strengths of our Stittsville businesses and promote Shop Stittsville.   I would like to thank the members of the Steering Committee for moving this process forward especially the Chair Jim Walker from Walkerworks Picture Framing.

 

-Shad