Legal Analysis Shows Westchester Zoning Is Not Exclusionary

A comprehensive legal analysis conducted by Westchester County and supported by a leading expert and advocate for affordable housing has concluded that local zoning practices in Westchester are not exclusionary. The findings were submitted to the monitor overseeing the county’s 2009 affordable housing settlement with the federal government as well as HUD. The county’s analysis was supported by Professor John Nolon of the Pace University School of Law Land Use Center, whom the county retained to validate the soundness of its legal reasoning. Both Nolon and the county agree that there is a role for the county to play going forward. Such actions include continued promotion among municipalities of the county’s model ordinance; maintaining ongoing communications among the county, communities, local officials, HUD, and non profits; and using transit-based advertising to reinforce the message that Westchester provides welcoming communities to those seeking fair and affordable housing.


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