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Publication: Long Island Business News
By: David Winzelberg

Depending on who you talk to, a state plan to allow accessory dwellings at properties zoned for single-family homes will either be the death of suburbia or a solution to the area’s growing housing crisis.

A proposal from Gov. Kathy Hochul that would require municipalities to allow for accessory dwellings in single-family-zoned neighborhoods has ignited a firestorm of opposition from local leaders, while advocates say it offers a creative option in combating Long Island’s housing crunch.

The proposed legislation, which is included in the governor’s 2023 budget plan, would mandate that municipalities allow a minimum of one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on owner-occupied residentially zoned lots.

The aim of increasing ADUs, which could include backyard cottages, attics, garages and basements, is to “provide an affordable multi-generational housing option that helps families live closer together.”