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Posted on: December 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Town to consider allowing Accessory Dwelling Units

would enable seniors to age in place and could create more affordable housing opportunities

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT DRAFT LAW PROPOSED         -would allow some seniors to rent apartments in homes so they can stay at home & create more affordable housing


Recently, Planning Commissioner Garrett Duquesne presented an overview of a draft local law being proposed that would allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in the Town of Greenburgh.   Accessory Dwelling Units  are standalone living structures that exist separately from but are on the same property as a main house. A number of villages within the town and communities across the state have been approving laws that would allow ADUs and enable seniors to earn rental income while aging in place. Accessory dwelling units also allow others who can't afford rental apartments to lease a room in a home that is more affordable than living in an apartment.. We all recognize that there is a significant affordable housing shortage in Westchester. Adopting ADUs won't solve our affordable housing shortage. But, every initiative that creates more affordable housing is helpful. 



 

The law could be in place in about 5-6 months, The Town Board will soon approve a resolution declaring the Planning Board the lead agency on this matter. The next steps: to get input from the county and make any potential  adjustments. to the draft legislation.

New York State is encouraging local communities to approve laws allowing ADUs. Earlier this year the state announced plans to award grants of up to $125,000 to homeowners who create ADUs.  


https://www.businessinsider.in/thelife/news/new-york-will-pay-homeowners-up-to-125000-to-build-an-adu-in-their-backyard-to-help-ease-the-nations-housing-shortage/articleshow/102954191.cms#:~:text=nation's%20housing%20shortage-,New%20York%20will%20pay%20homeowners%20up%20to%20%24125%2C000%20to%20build,ease%20the%20nation's%20housing%20shortage&text=New%20York%20allocated%20%2485%20million,building%20ADUs%20in%20their%20backyards.


 

After many months of meetings and research, the Town’s Accessible Viable Living Committee assisted significantly in drafting a comprehensive draft ADU local law modeled on best practices identified in other Westchester municipalities. ADUs are complementary to a primary residence and would be allowed in single family districts by special permit approval. The units are designed as a complementing small apartment, as example converting a garage for this purpose or added to the primary residential structure. Some specifics of the law would be that there is only one ADU allowed per site; the square footage could range from 400-800 sq. ft.; the underlying zoning requirements (setbacks, impervious coverage, etc.) must be adhered to; and owner occupancy is required on the site. ADUs provide a broader range of housing options to a community and has successfully been implemented in numerous communities throughout Westchester County and NY State.

 

After adoption of a resolution referring the draft local law to the Planning Board, the Planning Board will review the law at an upcoming meeting. Following a recommendation and report from the Planning Board, the Town Board will hold a public hearing at a date TBD in 2024. The peopoaws  local law can be accessed at: https://greenburghny.com/DocumentCenter/View/11855/CD-2-Local-Law-Chapter-285-ADU-Local-Law-for-11-20-2023-TB-Meeting

 

You can watch the full presentation on ADU law proposed here: https://youtu.be/Yn6kU1aN39g


Your thoughts are welcome.  

PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

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