Councillor’s View – Stittsville BIA Meeting Recap

Dear Residents,

 

Last Tuesday night, I met with some Stittsville business owners for an excellent discussion at the information session regarding the potential Stittsville Business Improvement Area (BIA).

 

A BIA is important for the growing business community in Stittsville to have access to the resources which help them to thrive.

 

The session was well attended and some valuable points were brought up by some of the attendees.

 

I would like to thank the steering committee and all potential members who joined to share their insight, particularly Jim Walker for taking the lead as Chair person.

 

I have attached a copy of the presentation made at the meeting for your information available by clicking here.

 

A number of businesses have volunteered to be part of the Stittsville BIA Steering Committee to engage the discussion in the community and seek input. Now, it is very important that the Steering Committee hears from Stittsville’s business leaders to provide their input. All types of feedback are important and welcomed from every area of our diverse business community. Businesses and commercial property owners are requested to please complete an online survey available at the below links:

 

Please note that the survey will close on August 4

 

I strongly support the establishment of a BIA in Stittsville as I see there are many benefits that it would provide and it would be a valuable investment for businesses.  All decisions of the BIA would be made by the businesses and it is the businesses that would elect a Board made up of Stittsville businesses.

 

Another meeting is being planned and will hopefully take place later this autumn. More information on that will be shared in my newsletter as it is received.

 

For more information or to provide additional comments please contact myself and the Stittsville BIA Steering Committee at stittsvillebia@gmail.com. If you have specific questions regarding the assessment of your property and potential levy please feel free to contact the City’s Economic Development Officer Brian Simpson at Brian.Simpson@ottawa.ca.

-Shad