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The City is expected to grow to approximately 1, 402 000 people over the course of the next 25 years, an increase of approximately 402,000 people. Growth in the City will need to accommodate a diverse population with varying needs, many of whom will be located in proximity to the new Light Rail O-Train system.
Orléans is an established suburban community in the City that can accommodate new growth and development. The Orléans Corridor Secondary Plan Study is being prepared in order to guide growth to create a mixed use, pedestrian-oriented and complete liveable community. This Secondary Plan is looking to evaluate policies and zoning to improve opportunities for intensification, infill development, housing affordability and employment. Both existing and new community members will be able to rely on the four new O-train stations, access to greenspaces, existing and future local amenities, all while benefiting from the gradual evolution of the historic core of Orléans.
The principal goal of the Orléans Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is to attract major knowledge-based employers (e.g., clean technologies, photonics and life sciences) to the area and to encourage the creation of new high quality jobs. In so doing, the Orléans CIP would result in significant improvements to the job-to-household ratio in Orléans. Additionally, the CIP aims to attract new employment-related private sector investment for lands and/or buildings that are under utilized, idled, or in need of repair or renovation.
The plan provides financial incentives for property owners that would encourage investment in the redevelopment of properties that currently, or in the past have been developed. Eligible projects must target a minimum of 15 net new knowledge-based jobs within 10 years of project completion and result in a minimum of 15 immediate net new jobs at time of project completion.