Tompkins County
New York


Endorsing the Tompkins County Housing Strategy


Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:


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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, an inadequate supply and variety of housing options are long-standing challenges in Tompkins County that significantly impact the physical, psychological, social, and economic health and stability of many individuals and families, and


              WHEREAS, the first Tompkins County Housing Strategy endorsed by the County Legislature in June 2007 established housing goals through 2014 and led to the development of the Community Housing Development Fund, and


              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan states the principle that the county “should be a place where housing is affordable, safe, energy efficient, and appealing,” and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County will not be able to meet its goals that range from greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainability to economic prosperity and safe and efficient transportation systems without an adequate supply and variety of housing, and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County has conducted extensive public outreach to share information and gather input on housing issues and potential approaches to address community housing needs, and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County completed the Housing Needs Assessment in November 2016, and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County and its partners in the community developed and hosted the Tompkins County Housing Summit in November and December 2016, which provided insights and community input regarding barriers to meeting our local housing needs and ideas to overcome those barriers, and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County further explored the County’s role in housing through its Legislature and Department Heads retreat in March 2017, and


              WHEREAS, Tompkins County has prepared a new Housing Strategy incorporating input and information gathered through recent housing efforts to establish targets and approaches to address community housing needs over the next ten years, and


              WHEREAS, there are no financial implications associated with endorsing this Strategy although implementation of the Strategy is anticipated to have financial implications that would be reviewed by the Legislature prior to implementation, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature endorses the Tompkins County Housing Strategy, dated June 2017.


Meeting History

Jun 29, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. McDonald provided a draft Housing Strategy document with a few additional changes and explained those changes.

MOVER:Michael Sigler, Member
SECONDER:Dooley Kiefer, Vice Chair
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna
EXCUSED:Carol Chock
Jul 6, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

In Ms. Robertson’s absence, Ms. Kiefer read the following statement submitted by Ms. Robertson:

“In endorsing the 2017 Housing Strategy, the Legislature is making a very important statement of our values and priorities as a community when it comes to one of our most basic human needs. This Strategy charts an ambitious yet pragmatic path forward that balances the roles of the private and public sectors, of the different levels of government, of nonprofits, philanthropists, builders and bankers, neighborhoods, and individuals. Many people have contributed to this document and even more of us, working together, will be needed to accomplish the many crucial goals that the County Legislature has now adopted.

“As I've said, many people contributed so much careful thought, creativity, energy, and time on all the steps that went into pulling these data, ideas, and goals together. I would just like to recognize two of them: Megan McDonald for her incredible dedication to the issue of housing, her attention to every thread and detail, and for being a pleasure to work with; and Ed Marx, for building on our previous Housing Strategy to inform the questions and challenges we face today, for his leadership in shaping our process and the product, and for his vision of a sustainable, just, and vibrant Tompkins County.”

Ms. Kelles quoted from the report and said it will take the entire community to see that the housing is built, this is an initial tiny step but there are clear steps, specifically by the Planning and Sustainability Department that she fully supports. She has seen some efforts to block affordable and mixed-income housing in other areas that have been very saddening to her.

Ms. Chock and Mr. Dennis expressed appreciation for the work that the Department of Planning and sustainability put into compiling the report.

Mr. Lane complimented staff on the great amount of work that went into this. As long as he can remember affordable housing has been an issue. He doesn’t know if the community will ever catch up but it will be an important endeavor to see that students are affordably housed and that there is housing for people who support education and other industries here. Mr. Lane said this strategy is important because it sets a roadmap of where we need to go and what it says is we need more units of all kinds in all places. We have to have a market that responds to the demand.

MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna
EXCUSED:Martha Robertson, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein