Sudbury has received a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for its brownfield strategy and community improvement plan.
The FCM awards, awarded to 12 municipalities across Canada, recognize innovation and excellence in sustainable local development.
"Sudbury has again demonstrated leadership in facing environmental challenges and developing economic opportunities," Mayor Marianne Matichuk said in a news release. “I commend city staff and council for being proactive and seizing these opportunities. It’s projects such as these that make Greater Sudbury a world-class city in which to live, work and play.”
Reclaiming Our Urban Places, Sudbury’s brownfield strategy and community improvement plan, offers financial incentives to redevelop vacated properties that were previously used for commercial or industrial purposes. The plan is designed to reduce the number of vacated, underused and derelict urban properties in the community by offering potential purchasers assistance with upfront costs associated with remediation, reuse and redevelopment.
“I am very proud that the excellent work of our municipal planning staff has achieved recognition in a national forum,” Bill Lautenbach, general manager of growth and development, said in the release. “Reclaiming Our Urban Places has economic, environmental and social benefits that can return many vacant properties to full and productive urban uses.”