Jan. 13, 2021: On January 11, the Village of Bronxville Trustees held a public hearing on a Bronxville Affordable Housing Law (Local law #3-2021) and adopted the new law. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the hearing was held by phone.
The Affordable Housing law requires that, effective Jan 11, 2021, "for all residential developments of 10 or more units, 10% of the total number of units must be affordable housing units." The units can be for purchase or rent. Residential units of 5 to 9 units must have at least one affordable housing unit.
Residents and other interested parties had the opportunity to comment at the meeting. One caller raised a concern about the new law and said that Bronxville should consider investing in "language immersion" in the Bronxville School rather than affordable housing. Another caller was concerned about the tax implications of the new law and the impact on the school.
A third caller said that affordability was an issue for senior citizens in the community. Some have lived in Bronxville for many years but are retired and on a fixed income and can no longer afford Bronxville. "It would be beneficial to set a priority on older people," he said.
A fourth caller talked about how difficult it was for people who had grown up in Bronxville to "come back and plant their roots" and said that "diversity of people of different jobs" was an important issue.
Several other people attending the meeting spoke in favor of the affordable housing law, including two former Bronxville High School students. "It is so important that kids can interact with people from different backgrounds," said one of the students.
At the end of the meeting, the Village of Bronxville Trustees adopted the new Affordable Housing Law.
Three amendments to the Village's Zoning Code were also discussed and approved at the meeting. These amendments were focused on tightening up zoning laws to address concerns expressed by residents over the years and during the Village's Comprehensive Plan process.
The overall goal of the amendments is to preserve the character of the village and existing neighborhoods, particularly in a time when there are extensive renovations, teardowns, and rebuilds. The Board looked at the zoning codes of neighboring towns and found that, in some instances, Bronxville's laws were more lax than these towns.
The three laws that were approved are as follows:
Local Law 1-2021: This law deals with site plan approval for one-family dwellings, demolition standards, and general site plan standards and approval timing.
Local Law 2-2021: This law updates definitions and adjusts dimensional and bulk requirements in one-family residence zones.
Local Law 4-2021: This law deals with building construction notice.
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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.
While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.
Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.
The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.
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