Safe & Complete Neighborhoods

A complete neighborhood has convenient options for physical activity, goods and services and places for enrichment and enjoyment such as schools, churches, parks, markets and community centers.  A complete neighborhood serves most of the daily needs of its residents within an ideal walking distance of ¼ to ½ mile, with convenient and safe pathways of travel.  People who live in safe and complete neighborhoods have opportunities for physical activity and social gatherings.  When residents feel safe in their neighborhoods, they are more likely to be physically active outdoors and have reduced levels of stress.

Ontario promotes neighborhoods that support a healthy lifestyle and strives to preserve existing neighborhoods through maintenance and improvement of streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities, and by providing public programs and services.

For more information about complete communities, designing and maintaining our neighborhoods, and participating in neighborhood watch or other recreational activities in your neighborhood, please see the resources below:


The Healthy Ontario Initiative’s Safe & Complete Neighborhoods goal and objectives are:

neighborhood iconGOAL 4: Safe, complete and distinct neighborhoods that support healthy lifestyles

Objective 4.1: Create neighborhoods that sustain economic prosperity, safety, physical and mental health and access to employment and other means of economic prosperity for residents of all ages and income levels.

Objective 4.2: Create places that provide safe and enjoyable gathering points for the community. (i.e. Health Hubs such as Town Square, Huerte del Valle community garden,  parks and community centers, and Farmers Markets).


Safe & Complete Neighborhoods Resources:

Code Enforcement: Responsible for enforcing Municipal Code regulations on private property throughout the city. The Ontario Municipal Code regulates parking on private property, zoning, property maintenance, and other substandard conditions on residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Ontario Fire Department: The Department responds to more than 15,000 calls per year serving and protecting a city population of approximately 167,000.

Planning Department: Plays a critical role in achieving the City Council’s goals and objectives relative to the physical development of the community.

Ontario Police Department: The mission of the Ontario Police Department is to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our community. We do this by providing superior police services while fostering successful community partnerships.

Community & Public Services Agency: The Community & Public Services Agency is committed to providing quality work and exceptional customer service to the residents and businesses of Ontario by managing and supporting the Parks & Maintenance, Recreation & Community Services, Library and Museum departments. The Agency values the dedication and exceptional service that we deliver to the community.

The Ontario Plan: The Ontario Plan is a dynamic Framework for sustained, comprehensive leadership in building our community.  It integrates components of city governance that are typically disconnected.  The Plan states community direction at a point in time (2009) and integrates it into a single guidance system that will shape the Ontario community 20 years or more into the future.  The Ontario Plan provides for lasting policies to accommodate change.  It consists of a six part Component Framework:  1) Vision, 2) Governance Manual, 3) Policy Plan, 4) City Council Priorities, 5) Implementation, and 6) Tracking and Feedback.