Referred to: The Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture Committee (Chairman Cahill and Legislators Corcoran, Criswell, Hewitt, Litts, Maloney and Sperry), The Health, Human Services and Housing Committee (Chair Walter and Legislators Corcoran, Erner, Lopez, Nolan, Petit, and Uchitelle), The Public Works, Capital Projects and Transportation Committee (Chairwoman Petit and Legislators Fabiano, Litts, Nolan, and Stewart), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Cahill, Fabiano, Ronk, and Walter)
Chair of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee, Eve Walter, and Deputy Chair Craig V. Lopez offer the following:
WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted by the County Executive on behalf of the Department of Planning; and
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the State of New York to create safe, healthy and affordable housing opportunities for all New Yorkers; and
WHEREAS, the availability of safe, healthy, and affordable housing is a key factor in increasing spending and employment in in the surrounding economy, acts to ensure an available workforce, reduces costs to local governments associated with homelessness and crime, and can place regional economies at a competitive advantage; and
WHEREAS, current Census housing data shows that more than forty percent (40%) of the rental households in Ulster County are now housing cost burdened paying more than thirty percent (30%) of their income for housing; and
WHEREAS, the Hudson Valley Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. has proposed the construction of a 60-unit affordable senior housing project on lands in the City of Kingston located at 191-199 R Hurley Avenue, and including access from 203-205 Hurley Avenue; and
WHEREAS, City of Kingston Planning Board has issued a Negative Declaration in accordance with 6 NYCRR Part 617 SEQRA for the project on January 1, 2013 and confirmed an amended Negative Declaration on October 1, 2021; and
WHEREAS, the County of Ulster owns the right of way associated with the Ulster and Delaware Railroad Corridor whereby certain crossing rights are necessary to allow access to the project location; and
WHEREAS, railroad rights of way in New York State, with the exception of farm access, cannot be crossed without permission of the owner of the railroad; and
WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature is desirous of addressing the affordable housing issues in the County including the need for affordable senior housing as proposed in the project; and
WHEREAS, the County Legislature has examined the requested right to cross (the Disposition), consulted with its Catskill Mountain Railroad, its permit holder for the rail operations on needed considerations for continued rail operations and determined that the Disposition solely related to the purpose of providing access to an affordable housing project and related open space as proposed will not impact the railroad operations now or in the future; and
WHEREAS, the County of Ulster recognizes that the Disposition will provide access for affordable housing and open space whereby there is a significant public benefit; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the County Legislature has identified the Disposition as an “Unlisted Action” as said term is defined pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617.6 of the Regulations of Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law of New York State (“SEQRA”); and has conducted an uncoordinated review pursuant to NYCRR Part 617.6(b)(4); and, be it further
RESOLVED, that the Ulster County Legislature recognizes that the City of Kingston acting as lead agency under SEQRA has determined that the associated affordable housing project considered as a whole will not have a significant adverse environmental impact and accordingly the Ulster County Legislature hereby determines that the Disposition will not have a significant adverse environmental impact, will not require the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and has made a determination of non-significance under SEQRA (“Negative Declaration”) a copy of which is annexed to this Resolution and made a part hereof; and, be it further
RESOLVED, the Chair of the Ulster County Legislature is hereby authorized to execute the proposed right to cross as filed with the Clerk of the Legislature, as well as any and all documents related to disposition solely for the purpose of affordable housing and open space, and any amendments thereto with the approval of the County Attorney and Legislative Counsel, providing that the grant of access and required improvements are in keeping with the safety and protection of the County’s railroad corridor and the rail operations associated with it; and, be it further
RESOLVED, this resolution shall take effect immediately,
and move its adoption.
ADOPTED BY THE FOLLOWING VOTE:
Passed Committee: Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture on _______________.
Passed Committee: Health, Human Services and Housing on _______________.
Passed Committee: Public Works, Capital Projects and Transportation on _______________.
Passed Committee: Ways and Means on _______________.
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Updated: July 28, 2022
Votes on this Resolutionyes no abstained no vote
Committee Vote to Postpone Resolution No. 414