The Carp Road Corridor Business Improvement Area (CRCBIA) was established in January 2011. The mission of the BIA is to assist and promote the business community and the vacant property land base in the area and the main objective of the BIA is to act as a unified voice for all owners in the area.
What does a BIA do?
BIA’s are a proven way for businesses to work together for mutual benefit – there are 18 BIA’s in Ottawa and over 230 BIA’s in Ontario. The work program for the Carp Road Corridor BIA is established by the members an approved along with a budget at the Annual General Meeting.
Promote Economic Development:
The BIA works with members to identify and then promote actions which would improve economic development for existing businesses and attract new businesses to the area. Since formation and responding to member input, the BIA has worked to consider and forward the economic opportunity which would be provided by extension of municipal water into the Corridor. Other priority economic development issues which the BIA continues to advocate for are area road improvements, hydro service improvements and transit in the business area.
Address Common Area Needs and Issues: Many business owners have concerns regarding restrictions on road signs, property drainage and the value of services related to taxation levels. Owners of vacant property have concerns regarding costs and timing of development permits and restrictions on land use. The BIA has brought these issues to the attention of the Mayor of Ottawa, area Councillors and City staff and has worked to help a number of individual owners with specific concerns and problems.
Business Services: The BIA is providing business related services to members. Through the BIA website, newsletters and networking events, members can communicate with each other on issues and opportunities. Member seminars provide important information to area owners. The BIA provides assistance to individual members regarding City permit and development approval processes.
Development Recruitment: Using an understanding of the existing businesses in the area, building stock in the area and vacant property in the area, the BIA is working with the City of Ottawa and area commercial property brokers to attract new businesses, development and jobs.
Area Marketing: The BIA is planning marketing activities for the area. The web site will include information on area businesses. Plans are being made to establish improved signage for area business parks.