FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Statement from Mayor Noble
Regarding Affordable Housing Legislation:
Yesterday, I was proud to sign Resolution
#23 of 2021, adopting a requirement that all new housing developments of 5 or
more units in the City of Kingston provide at least 10% of total units as
affordable housing. I applaud the Common Council for acting swiftly to turn my
recent Executive Order into binding legislation. There is an urgent and dire
need for housing that is affordable in our community, and this legislation is
one more step in making sure that all housing built in Kingston is inclusive.
This legislation ensures that every new housing project will include apartments
at a variety of income levels, which will allow us to continue to build and
strengthen our community.
As a City, we are in need of housing stock
at all income levels. I, alongside the Common Council, are working on many
different housing initiatives, including combating displacement, renovating and
returning zombie homes to the tax rolls, and supporting residents with a rental
assistance program, among many others strategies. The Council will also be
deliberating on the Mayor’s recommendation to implement a city-wide rezoning
effort. Housing is a complicated issue that needs a many-pronged approach, and
I am confident that this new legislation is a step in the right direction.
Link to Resolution 23 of 2021.