Requires model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities to include provisions to allow for accessory senior citizen units in areas zoned for single family residences and for mixed-use development accommodating senior citizen residential housing.
BILL NUMBER: S4981
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the elder law, in relation to model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : to establish model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : To make recommendations to the Governor for the presentation of an annual award to a senior citizen for outstanding and unusual contribution to the community.
To conduct a program of education and information on age discrimination.
Model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities, to allow accessory senior citizens units in areas zoned for single family residences and for mixed use development accommodating senior citizens.
To recommend mixed-use age-integrated housing development or redevelopment demonstration projects in urban, suburban and rural areas of the state. And to establish an advisory committee to ensure the success of this language, composed of people from all different arenas.
JUSTIFICATION : Affordable and accessible housing continue to be a primary concern and a top priority for senior citizens and for senior advocates. Despite the knowledge of a growing population of seniors over the next decade, finding housing that is suitable and affordable in communities throughout the state continue to be a challenge. Much of today's senior housing is single purpose in design and targeted to specific subpopulations, effectively segregating these subgroups. Many suburban communities were designed for young families and they rely heavily on the use of the automobile and isolate those with mobility impairments. Communities in many states are changing their zoning to create mixed-use age-integrated communities that integrate businesses with services with different generations that do not rely on the vehicle. There is an opportunity for New York to look at developing more communities that look like this to build smart, to control sprawl, and to revitalize downtowns and other areas where real estate may not be available or communities would like to redesign to meet their community needs. This legislation directs the state to develop model zoning guidelines that would be available to communities who wish to use this model and to encourage integration, not isolation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4981 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 27, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. FOLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 14 of section 202 of the elder law, as added by section 24-d of part B of chapter 58 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: (a) prepare or cause to be prepared and made available to cities, towns and villages model zoning and planning guidelines that foster age-integrated communities including
[mixed-use age-integrated communi- ties]PROVISIONS TO ALLOW FOR ACCESSORY SENIOR CITIZEN UNITS IN AREAS ZONED FOR SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCES AND FOR MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT ACCOM- MODATING SENIOR CITIZEN RESIDENTIAL HOUSING; and S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07111-01-9