Mission City Action Plan Unveiled

Mission, British Columbia -- The Mission City Downtown Action Plan will ensure that Mission's Downtown becomes and remains a sustainable and vibrant hub for the community through continuous improvements to both the public and private realms over the short, medium and long-term.

“Our Government is committed to investing in infrastructure projects that contribute to the long-term prosperity and sustainability of communities in British Columbia and across Canada,” said Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission. “We are proud to invest in the Mission City Downtown Action Plan, which will contribute to the enhancement of Mission's downtown core, making it a destination for residents and visitors alike for many years to come."

In the fall of 2012, the District of Mission undertook an integrated planning initiative for its Downtown which resulted in the Mission City Downtown Action Plan. The Plan, which was made possible through $150,000 provided under the federal Gas Tax Fund, provides policies and a list of priority actions organized as discrete capital projects intended to improve the public spaces. In addition, the plan provides practical tools and incentive opportunities intended to support existing businesses and attract future downtown investment.

“The Mission City Downtown Action Plan will ensure positive outcomes for the community by providing clarity for private investors with respect to its sustainability goals for the Downtown”, said Mission Mayor Ted Adlem. “Investments in public infrastructure will prepare the downtown for private development designed to contribute to a vibrant and economically sustainable downtown.”

In addition to guiding investment in the downtown, the Plan will also be used to improve the social condition in the area by promoting downtown living and tourism. The overall intent for downtown planning is to provide the residents of Mission, Council and staff, and the development community clarity and certainty for the future.

“Having a vibrant downtown with a great range of attractions for residents and visitors is essential to fostering a thriving economy and community,” said Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. “The completion of the Mission City Downtown Action Plan is an important first step to achieving this goal.”

The federal Gas Tax Fund transfer provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has invested over $10billion to date in municipal infrastructure through this program, and passed legislation to make it a permanent transfer of $2billion per year. As part of Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government committed to index the Gas Tax Fund to provide additional funding for communities, starting in 2014. Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

“Planning projects like Mission City provide residents, business owners and other groups with a powerful tool for shaping community development,” said Union of BC Municipalities President Mary Sjostrom. “Federal support through the Gas Tax Fund for community planning is making a significant contribution to the renewal of BC communities.”

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

For further information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information:

Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Sharon Fletcher
Director of Long Range Planning and Special Projects
District of Mission
604-820-3730

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Communications
250-387-4089

Paul Taylor
Director of Communications
UBCM
250-356-2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

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