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Pleasantville Alters Zoning for Affordable Housing

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – An amendment to Pleasantville’s zoning code that allows for additional affordable housing in the village was unanimously approved Monday night by the board of trustees.

The amendment states that within any new multifamily residential development of 10 or more units created by subdivision or site plan approval, no less than 10 percent of the units must be constructed for affordable housing.

According to Village Administrator Patti Dwyer , Pleasantville was one of the few municipalities in Westchester that did not already have the provisions in its zoning code. Trustee Mindy Berard said the lack of the provision did not mean Pleasantville codes were in violation prior to Monday.

“The county did an analysis of all the consortium municipalities and the village of Pleasantville came back with a stellar record of always promoting fair and affordable housing,” Berard said. “This was just a model ordinance, recommended by the county through HUD (Housing and Urban Development) that we chose to put into our zoning code to help as a standard for openness in our village.”

The agreement between Westchester and HUD requires 750 units of affordable housing be built in 31 predominately white communities in Westchester by 2016. Part of the agreement also stated that the county would assist its municipalities with their town or village laws.

Mayor Peter Scherer said the amendment was discussed at length and bounced back and forth between different departments.  He said Pleasantville originally made alterations to the county’s model ordinance about restricting larger affordable units, which were changed back at the county’s request.

Scherer, though, said no harm was done by complying with the county’s ordinance and residents should not worry about the construction of large units.

“We’re obviously not a community that has the opportunity for some major subdivision to be built with hundreds of new homes,” he said.

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