Land Acquisition

Land acquisition for residential development is perhaps one of the greatest challenges to creating affordable housing. Over the past five years, the City of Ontario has seen increasing land prices. To facilitate the development of affordable housing, the City has actively purchased land and made it available at a low cost (typically a $1 per year lease) to affordable housing developers and nonprofit agencies to create affordable senior housing, emergency shelters, affordable attached ownership projects, and other affordable housing projects. As situations merit and projects are proposed that meet the City’s housing goals and the public interest, the City of Ontario will continue to acquire residential land that can be leased or sold at below-market rates for the production of affordable housing.

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