FREE LOT PROGRAM

Program Description

Free lots! Qualified developers can have specific lots cost-free within the Cities of Almena, Lenora or Norton for new residential units. Eligible projects include a minimum specified quantity/quality of new residential structures meeting design and timing specifications set out for that parcel of ground.

 

These lots are currently held within a local homeowner association, a community foundation and/or a community land bank. The developer will agree to build a minimum specified quantity/quality of new residential structures which meet the design, association and timing specifications set out for that particular parcel. Properties will be granted on a revocable deed whereby property ownership rights revert back to program if construction does not commence within 6 months. Construction must comply with design, association, timing and other specs outlined in contract.

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Design specs will vary from site-to-site and will be negotiated on a lot-by-lot basis for each residential structure with the Norton County Housing Rehab Committee. Norton City/County Economic Development (“NC/CED”) office will serve as primary contact regarding utilization of this incentive. 

Available Sites 

  • Various land bank lots within City of Almena, City of Lenora and City of Norton. See table in the application document. 

  • 10 to 12 lots available within the Ryan Addition, approximately 5.9 acres near intersection of Reagan and Crane in Norton. Subdivision with 0.32 acre to 0.40 acre lot sizes. Minimum Build Specs: Single family home construction, min 1500 Sq Ft livable space, min of 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car-garage, with sidewalks and off-street parking. 

  • 8 unit lots available in Timbercreek Homeowners Association (a 55+ age restricted association, with 11 existing owner occupied units, duplex construction, no rentals or tenant agreements.) Lot sizes sufficient for construction of 4 additional duplexes. Homes to be built in accordance with existing association protocol for size, design and finish specs, restricted to owner-occupied status, and abiding by existing association covenants and restrictions. Min Build Specs: Single family home construction, min 1311 Sq Ft livable space, built on slab, min of 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 car-garage, off-street parking.

 

Application Review Process

Norton City/County Economic Development will review all applications for this program.