Senate passes APA affordable housing bill

The state Senate approved legislation Thursday (double check) that encourages affordable housing projects in the Adirondacks.

The bill was introduced at the request of the state Adirondack Park Agency.

Curt Stiles is chairman of the APA.

"The Adirondack Park Agency is very pleased that the Adirondack Community Housing Bill is moving through the state Legislature and we look forward to it being signed into law," he said.

He says the legislation amends the APA Act's definition of "community housing" to allow up to four dwelling units to be located on one parcel in moderate and low intensity use areas.

The units must be single-family residences and are only available to persons with 120 percent or less of the median family income for the county.

Also, the units cannot exceed 1,500 square feet of floor space and must be located on an adjacent parcel.

State Senator Betty Little was among those who supported the bill. She says the legislation "limits sprawl and will keep the price of new homes at a level more people can afford."

Now that the bill is approved in the Senate, it returns to the Assembly before being delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration.

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