No one spoke at a public hearing on Monday regarding Pleasantville's proposal to amend a zoning law to make room for potential affordable housing units in the village.
"Pleasantville—along with several other Westchester communities—as a consequence of the settlement agreement the county entered into with the Anti-Discrimination League over the fair and affordable housing provisions on the block grants requirements, had asked us to to amend our zoning codes," explained Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer.
The trustees voted unanimously to create a provision to have allow for one unit to be set aside for every 10 in developments "as an affordable unit," Dwyer said.
The board worked with the Housing Action Council to create the amendments, which were also reviewed by the village's planning commission as well as Westchester County.
Trustee Mindy Berard added, "Our zoning codes are not in violation of anything. The county did an analysis of all consortium municipalities and the Village of Peasantville came back with a stellar record of always fairly promoting fair and affordable housing."
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Parking Signs: "A Never Mind Resolution"
A law passed in 1997—but not realized until recently—was overturned Monday following a public hearing.
"We have a request from residents of Edgewood Avenue to consider repealing no parking restrictions..." Dwyer said, referring to a local law passed 15 years ago that prohibits parking at all times between Great Oak Lane and Washington Avenue on Edgewood Avenue.
According to Dwyer, signage enforcing the law, "just went up recently," as officials reviewed the village code.
"It's bad news that a stupid law was passed in 1997," commented Scherer.
"We don't know why the law was enacted," said Dwyer, who said residents said asked for "normal" restrictions on the street's parking—two hours Monday through Friday.
"It's a never mind resolution," joked Scherer, echoing Trustee Brian Skarstad.
The signs prohibiting parking have since been removed.
DPW Solar Panels Up and Running
The ' solar array "really is something to see," said Dwyer.
that also contributed to, Dwyer believes there will be a "rather short payback period" on the village's investment—approximately five years.
"It was funded—all but $27,000—through the federal stimulus grant that came out," said Dwyer.
The two villages bid on the projects together and also utilized one engineer to design the arrays.
"I think the total project is coming in around $186,000," she added. "We're all going to be better off for it."
Said Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer, "That's a very happy development."
Thanking Clean Up Day Volunteers
On April 28, the village held its first organized clean up day, said Dwyer.
"We had 30 volunteers show up to help our parks department do some cleaning in the downtown," she said.
"Thanks to all these people," said Scherer, who read off the names of the individuals, families and groups who volunteered their time on Saturday.