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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />NY Headquarters: 75 Montebello Road - Suite 202, Suffern, NY 10901 TEL 845.368.1472 FAX 845.368.1572 <br /> <br />December 12, 2016 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Hon. Paul S. Rosenberg, Mayor <br />Hon. Members, Village of Rye Brook Board of Trustees <br />938 King Street <br />Rye Brook, NY 10573 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Re: Proposed North Ridge Street Development <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Honorable Mayor and Trustees: <br /> <br />Below please find my comments on the proposed North Ridge Street Development, submitted on behalf of my <br />clients, the Katz and Lanoso/Otero families who reside on Eagles Bluff. The comments below reiterate much of <br />what I stated during the Public Hearing on November 8, 2016. Just prior to finalizing this letter, I was made <br />aware of comments by the Village's Planner as well as the response by the applicant to her many salient points, <br />some of which mirror our own comments and suggestions. I have included some thoughts on these responses <br />at the end of this letter. <br /> <br />I have been providing planning consulting services in the Hudson Valley for 18 years and as a member of the <br />American Institute of Certified Planners have professionally pledged to, "seek social justice by working to <br />expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the <br />disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration." Economic integration is at the heart of <br />inclusionary housing provisions, and I commend the Village of Rye Brook for not only adopting a floating zone <br />for Fair and Affordable Housing, but for also encouraging its application to multiple sites throughout the <br />Village. <br /> <br />To be clear I do not by any means oppose the construction of affordable housing units at the site on North Ridge <br />Street. However, it is my professional opinion that the proposed affordable housing development, as currently <br />designed, does not adequately integrate into the fabric of this residential neighborhood as required by sound <br />planning practice and Village code requirements. <br /> <br />It is best practice when integrating affordable housing either into a new development or existing established <br />neighborhood to size structures and design/layout sites in harmony with surrounding market-rate housing. This <br />offers anonymity to the affordable housing, which benefits the owners of both the market rate and affordable <br />housing units by seamlessly blending the affordable units into the community. This is the heart of inclusionary <br />zoning, and avoids the stigma and negative outcomes of isolating affordable units in an obviously differentiated <br />“project,” as unfortunately was historic practice. I recognize that unlike affordable housing integrated into new- <br />construction developments, it is very difficult to achieve complete anonymity for inclusionary units proposed in