All Hands On Housing

Full on focus to create affordable housing options calls for coordinated effort of entire Town Board

As 2022 commences, the East Hampton Town Board will immediately begin work to tackle the urgent need for affordable housing.

The “All Hands on Housing” initiative will be the town’s most significant housing effort to date.  Each Town Board member will focus on a specific aspect of the problem.

Councilman David Lys will take the lead on the creation of a planned affordable housing project on 12 acres that the town has purchased at 395 Pantigo Road in East Hampton, where single family homes are envisioned.

Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez will work on affordable rental housing, including development of a project on Route 114 in Wainscott, where the town has purchased 8.5 acres and is in the process of establishing an Affordable Housing Overlay zoning district.

Newly elected Councilwoman Cate Rogers will take the lead on long-range planning for future affordable housing, working to identify suitable sites for new projects.

Councilwoman Sylvia Overby will work on long-term housing goals and strategies, including assessing possible town code changes to support new affordable housing efforts, workforce and seasonal housing and revisions to the town’s Community Housing Opportunity Fund Plan. She will oversee the town Office of Housing and Community Development.

Supervisor Van Scoyoc will oversee preparations for the 2022 public vote to approve a referendum for a 0.5 percent real estate transfer tax to fund affordable housing.  The Supervisor will also work to develop the local legislation and housing plan to be implemented upon passage of the referendum.