Housing developers could face surcharge
The town’s Affordable Housing and Open Space Committee has recommended a surcharge of 25 cents per square foot be levied on applications for residential projects comprising 10 or more units.
Committee Chairman Jonathan Mensch told the Town Board this week saying the fee would go toward “workforce” housing projects.
“It would be 25 cents a square foot for every house that was built, and in the lower-density districts, if they applied for the density bonus, then for the new houses that were being built it would be $5 a square foot,” he said.
The proposal comes as the committee seeks to fulfill an affordable housing requirement in the town’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan.
“The fees could be used for either buying an existing property and turning it into a workforce housing unit or potentially to support a development that was part of a statefunded program, part of a town contribution toward that kind of a program,” Mensch said.
“The state has got significant funds that are available for sort of designated workforce housing projects, and some of those require some kind of contribution from the township,” he said. “... What we’re not going to be able to do with a program like this is raise enough money to actually finance a project. But what we will have is some sort of working capital that’s available to put toward something like that or do something that’s much more modest in size.”
Mensch said a previous recommendation would have impacted all applications for new housing.
“When the ... new zoning was put in place, there was a draft set of regulations for affordable housing that was only going to be put in place after an affordable housing committee was formed,” he said. “Originally we had discussed the idea that every house that was built would be required to pay the 25-cents-a-square-foot fee.”