ReZone Albany ordinance passes 12-3

May 16, 2017 09:54 AM

ALBANY - It took more than two years to come up with the final draft of ReZone Albany.

A provision for inclusionary zoning was included in the ordinance, which requires developers offer affordable housing in any new project with 50 or more units. 

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The rent can not exceed 30 percent of the monthly income for a household earning 100 percent of the city's median household income. 

Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs supported the amendment.

"It's easy to point fingers about what hasn't been done but there's a lot that's right with it," Applyrs said.

"I truly doubt that. I don't see anything affordable about the inclusionary, I just don't see it," Carol Waterman said.

However, a handful of Albany residents and those living near Sandidge Way or the former Loughlin Street say rezoning the area to allow a developer to build a 173-unit apartment complex will only place an extra burden on the community that will do nothing for Albany's tax roll.

"You still have the opportunity to pull Sandidge Way out and propose development that better fits into the community," Don Reeb added. 

Ultimately, the council voted to approve the measure 12-3 with council members Judd Krasher, Frank Commisso, Jr. and Mark Robinson all in opposition.

"Fifty years is just too much time for something to be solved in two and a half years," Robinson said.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan said this "new zoning will help spur investment, protect neighborhoods and make it easier for homeowners to make improvements to their homes."

Councilmembers will be able to re-evaluate ReZone Albany in six months and every year after that.


Karen Tararache

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