The City of London, City Planning, has been working with the Lambeth community and stakeholders since 2016 to create a Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan. City Planning Staff presented the draft Lambeth Area CIP to Planning and Environment Committee on March 18, 2019. Staff was directed to circulate the document for feedback and bring a final Lambeth Area CIP back to Council with the required amendments to the 1989 Official Plan and by-laws that will allow for implementation of the CIP and make the financial incentive programs available for use.


Background

What is a Community Improvement Plan (CIP)?

Community Improvement Plans (CIPs) are one of many legislative tools in the Planning Act (Section 28) that allow municipalities to guide positive growth and change in a specifically-defined CIP Project Area.Specifically, CIPs allow a municipality to:

  • focus public attention on local priorities and municipal initiatives;
  • target areas in transition or in need of repair, rehabilitation and redevelopment;
  • facilitate and encourage community change in a coordinated manner;
  • provide municipal incentive-based programs to stimulate private-sector activity (e.g. through grants, loans and/or property tax assistance programs offered to property owners related to identified eligible costs);
  • acquire, hold, clear, or otherwise prepare land for community improvement; and,
  • construct, repair, rehabilitate or improve buildings on municipal land.

Why are we doing this project?

Development of the Lambeth Area CIP was initiated in 2014 by the Ward Councillor and the Lambeth Community Association (LCA).The purpose of the Lambeth Area CIP is to:

  • articulate a vision, goals, and objectives for the Lambeth Area CIP Project Area;
  • illustrate how existing strategies, plans and initiatives tie into the CIP vision, goals, and objectives;
  • identify Action Items and priorities for implementation;
  • identify who is responsible for Action Items; and,
  • provide incentive programs to encourage and support private-sector investment in buildings and properties.

What is the status of the Lambeth Area CIP?

Since 2016, there has been a great deal of consultation with the community and key stakeholders to develop a Lambeth Area CIP, including:

  • 3 community meetings and workshops;
  • 2 PULSE Team meetings;
  • 1 Lambeth Community Association meeting;
  • 1 Lambeth Business-to-Business (B2B) Group meeting;
  • Lambeth & Community Harvest Festival booth; and,
  • many discussions and meetings with organizations and stakeholders

City Planning Staff presented the draft Lambeth Area CIP to Planning & Environment Committee on March 18, 2019.At its meeting of March 26, 2018, Municipal Council received the draft Lambeth Area CIP, and directed City Planning Staff to circulate the document to stakeholders for comment and present the final CIP at a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee for consideration and approval.

To implement the CIP and make the financial incentive programs available for use, the City of London, City Planning is required to amend the 1989 Official Plan.A Notice of Planning Application and Public Meeting Notice will be sent out in June 2019.

What is the community’s role?

Provide input on the draft Lambeth Area CIP and attend the PEC Meeting.

Once the Lambeth Area CIP is adopted by Council, there are many opportunities for stakeholders to get involved in projects and programs to benefit the Lambeth Area and community.

What is City Planning Staff’s role?

  • Consult with residents, business owners, and anyone else who is interested in the future of the Lambeth Area and get feedback.
  • Consult with City Divisions & Agencies.
  • Review planning policies, projects, and legislation.
  • Conduct on-site research & analyze the area.
  • Make recommendations to Council to change the 1989 Official Plan policies to allow for the implementation of the Lambeth Area CIP.

What is City Council’s role?

  • Consider the recommendations from City Planning Staff and the feedback from project participants and make decisions about the proposed Official Plan amendments required to implement the Lambeth Area CIP.

Background Documents

Study Area

Lambeth Community Improvement Area Map

Engagement

Past Community Information Meetings:


Community Information Meeting & Showcase - Notice

Date: March 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8 PM

Location: Lambeth Arena and Community Centre – Gym, 7112 Beattie Street

Presentation – City Staff

The purpose of this meeting was to present the Draft Lambeth Area CIP and proposed Action Items, and provide opportunities to learn about the activities of local organizations and network with members of the local community.Approximately 60 people attended this meeting and provided input on the draft Lambeth Area CIP including proposed Action Items.


Community Meeting #3 - Notice of Meeting #3

Date: March 28, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Lambeth Community Centre, Gym, 7112 Beattie Street

Staff shared the Draft Strategic Initiatives developed for the Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan with stakeholders.

Meeting #3 Report Summary
Meeting #3 Presentation


Community Meeting #2 - Notice of Meeting #2

Date: October 18, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Covenant Christian School, Gym, 7 Howard Avenue

Staff provided a summary of the information gathered through consultation and presented preliminary ideas for items requiring improvements.Participants at the meeting defined project objectives and established a vision for the Lambeth CIP.City Staff from other Departments provided presentations on the Main Street Infrastructure Renewal Project and the Dingman Creek Environmental Assessment.


Meeting #2 Report Summary
Meeting #2 Presentation
Main Street Renewal Presentation
Dingman Creek EA Presentation


Community Meeting #1- Notice of Meeting #1
Starting the Community Improvement Plan Process

Date: July 7, 2016

Time: 7 – 9 PM

Location: Lambeth Community Centre, Gym, 7112 Beattie Street


Meeting #1 Report Summary
Meeting #1 Presentation

The purpose of this meeting was to launch the Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan project.Staff shared project information with the local community and worked with meeting participants to identify the Community Improvement Study Area, identify great things about Lambeth, and initial ideas on improvements needed in the community.

Other Community Engagement:

Lambeth B2B Group Meeting - Lambeth CIP Update

Date: December 13, 2018

Time: 8 AM

Location: The Village Pantry, 2473 Main Street

Staff from Service London Business and Environmental & Engineering Services joined City Planning Staff to build relationships and answer questions regarding business support services and construction.


Lambeth CIP Update at the Lambeth Community Association Annual General Meeting Planning Notice Lambeth CIP

Date: June 18, 2018

Time: 7:30 – 9 PM

Location: Lambeth Community Centre, 7112 Beattie Street

Staff provided an update of the Lambeth CIP and outlined the plan’s vision, goals, objectives, and next steps.

Presentation - City Staff Lambeth CIP Info Meeting Presentation


Lambeth Harvest Festival CIP Outreach Opportunity

Date: September 10, 2016

Location: Lambeth Village

Staff provided information for the Main Street Infrastructure Renewal Project, Dingman Creek EA and the Lambeth Area CIP including City Staff contact information. Comment cards were handed out to collect input from community members.


City Planning Staff have also had meetings with individual stakeholders and community groups throughout the project.


Share Your Feedback

If you have feedback about the Lambeth Area Community Improvement (CIP) project or proposed Action Items, please email Laurel Davies Snyder at lsnyder@london.ca or call 519.661.2489 ext. 4651.

If you have comments or questions about the Main Street Reconstruction, please email Larry Davidson at ldavidso@london.ca or call 519.661.2489 ext. 2101.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Who is responsible for implementing the Lambeth CIP Action Items?

A total of 85 Action Items were identified through the CIP process as follows:

  • 45 Municipal Action Items – items that are the responsibility of the City of London.Some of these are being addressed through existing projects (Cycling Master Plan, Parks & Recreation Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Main Street Infrastructure Renewal Project, etc.).
  • 19 Community Opportunities – items that are the responsibility of the community.
  • 21 Priorities identified & completed during the Lambeth Area CIP process – items that are important to the community and were already being completed as part of a project or ongoing program.

Is there any cost to property owners in the Lambeth Area Project Area for this project?

No.