City sees permits rise, signaling growth in commercial activity

ONTARIO – The expansion of the marijuana industry and upgrades by two major employers triggered a modest spate of growth in Ontario since 2017, city records show.

 “We are growing commercially and I think we will continue to grow commercially at a steady pace,” said Adam Brown, Ontario city manager.

Recent statistics generated by the Ontario Community Development Department show a significant boost in planning and zoning revenues, which translated into more cash for the city.

In the fiscal year of 2018-19 the city finalized 57 land-use actions compared to 22 during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

This includes conditional use permits, site development permits, rezoning, partitions, annexation and property line adjustments.

In the 2018-19 fiscal year, Ontario issued 16 conditional use permits, but only three during the previous two years. 

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