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Three Schuyler County Communities Sign Up as “Pro-Housing”


14 localities in the Southern Tier, including three Schuyler County communities, have launched their applications to become Pro-Housing Communities.   Governor Kathy Hochul announced the following communities have applied:

  • The City of Hornell
  • The Town of Urbana
  • The Village of Montour Falls
  • The City of Ithaca
  • The Village of Watkins Glen
  • The Village of Endicott
  • The Town of Dryden
  • The Village of Groton
  • The Town of Roxbury
  • The Town of Middletown
  • The Village of Hammondsport
  • The Village of Margaretville
  • The Village of Odessa
  • The City of Elmira

The Pro-Housing Community Program will provide prioritization in scoring for certified Pro-Housing Communities. Municipalities can apply for certification based on factors assessing their success in promoting housing growth and commitment to identifying impediments to housing growth.

Municipalities must submit an application to HCR to be designated as a “Pro-Housing Community”. Municipalities can start the process by sending a letter of intent from an authorized official to the program email at [email protected].

Next, all applicants will fill out templates provided below to document and verify local zoning codes and information detailing local housing permit approvals over the past five years.

If a municipality can show through the permitting documentation that they have approved either:

  • Permits increasing their housing stock by 1% (downstate) or 0.33% (upstate) over the past year OR
  • Permits increasing their housing stock by 3% (downstate) or 1% (upstate) over the past THREE years,

After their data submission has been reviewed, they will be notified of their certification within 90 days.


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