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Tarrytown Trustees Approve Affordable Housing Law

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A new housing law passed Monday night by the Tarrytown Board of Trustees differs in many aspects from the Westchester County model ordinance.

The new provisions to the village's Zoning Code are the result of the fair housing lawsuit against Westchester County , according to Village Administrator Michael Blau. The county established a model ordinance in regards to fair and affordable housing for communities so that future lawsuits could be prevented, Blau said.

The new provisions keep the village's Moderate Income Housing board, although it is now known as the Affordable Housing Board. Many of the old provisions the village had set in place will remain for developments created before the new law was enacted, Blau said.

The new stipulates that no less than 10 percent of developments of 10 or more units must be created as affordable housing. In developments with eight or nine units, the law mandates one affordable housing unit.

The new law also mandates that developments with five, six or seven units pay $100,000, $150,000 or $200,000 respectively into a village-maintained account that is used to develop affordable housing. The payments continue for all increments of 10 or more.

The village's provisions differ from the county's recommendations. The county recommends that 10 percent of developments with 10 or more units be affordable housing. The county also recommends that in residential developments of five to nine units, one unit must be affordable housing.

The county's model law also recommends preferred selection for municipal employees, seniors and those who serve as emergency responders. Tarrytown's law says that no preferences will be used to select tenants.

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