Provide a range of housing types that are affordable to a diverse residential population throughout the community where supported by this Plan
Goal 4. Provide a range of housing types that are affordable to a diverse residential population throughout the community where supported by this Plan
To encourage the development of alternative housing options available to households with a range of income levels, housing legislation (i.e. zoning) and development incentives within the Town Code should be studied. Currently, the Town Code requires a certain percentage or number of lots be created for the provision of an affordable housing unit in new subdivisions. The Town should determine whether existing percentages should be increased to better encourage price point and housing type variation in all zoning districts. So as to maintain New Castle’s bucolic, single-family residential character, all new housing units should be consistent with the character, aesthetic and scale of the neighborhood within which they will be located. Alternative housing consisting of smaller single-family homes (e.g. “gate” houses), two-family homes and accessory apartments located in single-family residence buildings should be developed using creative design techniques to appropriately fit seamlessly among existing residences in the Town’s low-density neighborhoods. Large-scale residential development of any kind in more remote, undeveloped areas of the town faces a myriad of challenges, including but not limited to the following: (i) significant environmental constraints (such as sensitive wetlands and wetland buffers, steep slopes, public drinking water watersheds and aquifers); (ii) the lack of existing infrastructure (such as public water and sewer utilities, substandard roads in terms of surface, width, drainage and sight lines); (iii) little or no access to public transportation; and (iv) limited fire protection when public water is unavailable. Alternative housing should be developed as part of infill and mixed-use developments in the Town’s hamlets and surrounding areas.
This goal can also be accomplished through the reuse and repurposing of underutilized properties. The Town should coordinate with financial institutions or non-profit organizations to identify properties that may be redeveloped or reused as alternative housing available to a range of income levels.Related Principle: Livable Built Environment