On Thursday, Prince Edward County council approved of a draft capital facilities by-law which will encourage affordable housing development in the county.
This by-law will incentivize private and not-for-profit developers in various ways including conditional grants, property tax exemptions, and developer charge exemptions (according to the presented staff report). These will be conditional upon the developer situating affordable housing projects on vacant land and keeping them affordable for a period of 20 years.
Mayor Steve Ferguson commented that this program could be used to create affordable units for much needed medical professionals in the county.
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