Issued December 14th, 2020
Whereas, the Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted the City of Kingston in multiple ways, On March 13, 2020, I declared a State of Emergency in the City of Kingston and per General Municipal Law, the Mayor has the power to enact temporary measures to protect life, property and the wellbeing of our residents and; Whereas, the Covid-19 Pandemic has further strained the Kingston Housing Market and even though a statewide eviction moratorium is in place through January 2021, the future of housing in Kingston due to the pandemic is dire.
Whereas, I am hereby declaring, via emergency order, that all applicants requesting site plan approval with the City of Kingston Planning board and who wish to build more than 5 units of housing, anywhere in the City, will be required to have at least 10% of the units as affordable, defined as 80% Area Mean Income, based on current Ulster County statistics with adjustments for family size and shall be updated yearly.
Whereas, the cost of the housing unit will be calculated as to not exceed 30% of a household’s income and will be verified by the City of Kingston on an annual basis.
Steven T. Noble