As you know, Croton is still on the list of communities that engage in exclusionary and or restrictive and or discriminatory zoning as determined by HUD/the monitor. As is well documented, the monitor had issues with the special permit requirements in Harmon re-zoning--as opposed to "as of right" for multifamily housing--the restrictions on the village's accessory apartment law, and so forth.
In March of 2013, the monitor overseeing the Spano-brokered housing settlement sent village officials a letter and a "report card". That letter/report card was obtained pursuant to a freedom of information request. In that letter, it was asserted that the village's low income/affordable housing unit obligation was 115 units--for which it was given "credit" for 15 apartments, leaving an obligation of 100 units. Also in that letter was the following:
VILLAGE WILL NOT SATISFY ITS OBLIGATION UNLESS IT ALLOWS FOR
MULTIFAMILY HOUSING IN ADDITIONAL DISTRICTS OR PROVIDES FOR AFFORDABLE
HOUSING TYPES. THIS MAY REQUIRE LOOSENING THE RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESSORY
UNITS OR EXPLORING POSSIBILITIES FOR REDEVELOPMENT.
You can see the monitor's letter and Croton's report card obtained pursuant to a FOIL request here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/04/hud-letter-to-croton-now-online.html
Fast track to THE GAZETTE 2/26/15: You are encouraged to read the lead article, which details the substantive loosening of restrictions on Croton's accessory apartment law, HUD, etc.
NOTE: ACCESSORY APARTMENT CHANGES were discussed in the 2/23/15 work session; unfortunately, the meeting audiotape is still not online at this time; you can check back at this link http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?&PGD=crotononhudson&eID=494
The changes to the accessory apartment law have not yet been voted on by the board which has the ultimate responsibility for this decision. That must be done in a public meeting.