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Huntington multi-family housing code slightly revised

The Huntington Town Board has voted 3-2 to clarify what officials call a “discrepancy” in portions of the town code allowing multifamily housing above office buildings.

Town code language will now be consistent in saying directly that multiple-family dwellings are allowed within an area zoned as an office-residence district. Since the code was adopted in 1969, one section of the code allowed such housing within areas zoned as office-residence, while another section in the same code didn’t address the issue.

“It’s a one-sentence change so there is not a seeming discrepancy in town code,” town spokesman A.J. Carter said yesterday.

Town board members Susan Berland and Mark Mayoka voted against the resolution at Tuesday’s town board meeting.

“I’m not in favor of high-density housing stock,” Mayoka said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a resolution for a project that would have benefitted from the code change failed to get enough support to be voted on.

The resolution called for removing a restriction to build on part of the lot where six rental units are proposed for above a law office on the corner of West Neck Road and Nathan Hale Drive. The resolution was withdrawn by its sponsor, town Supervisor Frank Petrone, when no other board member supported his motion for a vote.

“The resolution was withdrawn when a second did not immediately materialize,” Carter said. “The sponsor can resubmit it at the next meeting.”

The board also voted to change next month’s meeting to Feb. 6 from Feb. 15.


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