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As you know, Croton is one of the 31 communities identified in the Spano-brokered affordable/low income housing settlement.
Per the housing monitor and the Journal News, Croton has now been identified as one of seven communities with "exclusionary zoning". See highlights from the Journal News article below but read the entire article at the link provided. As we have not read the report referenced in the article, and it is unclear why Croton's zoning is "exclusionary", we do not know if this has anything to do with documented citizen concerns about the bedroom limitations in the Harmon re-zoning law and/or the special permit provision. We anticipate that the village will make the report available to residents on the website--AND THAT A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST will not be necessary to see it.
7 COMMUNITIES HAVE EXCLUSIONARY ZONING, JOURNAL NEWS 7/31/13
--Seven towns and villages in Westchester County have zoning that keeps out
low-income families, making it exclusionary under state and federal law, and
that may perpetuate segregation, the monitor in the county’s fair housing case
said in a report released Wednesday.
--They are Croton-on-Hudson, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mamaroneck town, Ossining town,
Pelham Manor and Pound Ridge...their zoning includes little
or no land designated for multifamily housing, no incentives or mandates for
affordable housing and slow progress in adopting a model fair housing
--The monitor's report contradicts the county’s conclusion in several analyses
submitted as required by the settlement that there is no exclusionary zoning in
the 31 communities covered by the agreement.
READ THE REST HERE http://www.lohud.com/article/20130731/NEWS02/307310066/7-Westchester-communities-exclusionary-zoning-housing-monitor-says?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|Frontpage&nclick_check=1
UPDATED: THE JOURNAL NEWS HAS PLACED THE REPORTS/RELEVANT EXHIBITS ONLINE AT
Once again, examples of exclusionary re-zoning included limiting the number of bedrooms, special permits instead of "as of right" to build, and more.