HUD Capitulates - Westchester's Zoning Is Not Exclusionary - July 18, 2017- After seven years, the most contentious element of Westchester’s affordable housing settlement with the federal government has been resolved favorably for the county. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has accepted Westchester’s analysis that did not find any exclusionary zoning in the county.
of the zoning issue protects home rule with respect to local land use decisions
and overcomes the county’s last major hurdle under the settlement, which was
signed by former County Executive Andrew Spano and approved by the Board of
Legislators in 2009.
zoning controversy stemmed from a portion of the settlement that required the
county to submit a review of obstacles to fair housing, known as an Analysis of
Impediments, or AI, that was acceptable to HUD. Ordinarily, preparation of an
AI is routine. But not in Westchester’s case. Despite
thousands of pages of objective data and two independent reviews supporting the
finding of no evidence of exclusionary zoning across Westchester, HUD rejected
10 AI’s submitted by the county. HUD had taken the novel and aggressive view
that routine zoning measures, such as limits on height, density…READ MORE HERE http://www3.westchestergov.com/news/7444-hud-capitulates-westchester-s-zoning-is-not-exclusionary