East Hampton Looks to Expand Ability to Build Affordable Apartments

East Hampton Town Hall.

East Hampton Town officials will discuss reducing the requirements needed in order to build a detached, affordable apartment in an effort to increase the number of apartments constructed in the town. The original legislation hoped to bolster the affordable housing stock without putting pressure on any specific hamlet.

During an East Hampton Town Board work session in Montauk on Tuesday, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby said members of the Community Housing Opportunity Fund have suggested a requirement for 40,000 square feet of land — just shy of an acre — to be able to build a detached, affordable housing could be reduced to 30,000 square feet. Councilman David Lys said 1,300 new properties throughout the town could become eligible to construct the units through the town’s affordable housing program, but he added there is a current limit of 100 units allowed under town code, with each hamlet limited to just 20 detached, affordable units in an effort to ensure that no single hamlet is overburdened with density.

Ms. Overby said she would bring the discussion to the town board during its next work session on Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at East Hampton Town Hall on Pantigo Road.