RhodeMapRI Would Require “legal duty” to HUD for RI Cities & Towns‏

Heavy-handed HUD Tactics in Westchester County, New York

Letter to County Requires “legal duty” to HUD, calls zoning “exclusionary”
Providence, RI – Requiring that the county “acknowledge its legal duty ” to HUD’s housing requirements and “amend its zoning” for municipalities, the County of Westchester New York is a harbinger for oppressive federal mandates that could be imposed on state and local lawmakers if the controversial RhodeMapRI plan is adopted as the state’s official economic development plan, even without any action from Rhode Island’s General Assembly, the state’s primary legislative body. This according to apost today by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, a nonpartisan public policy think tank.
RhodeMap RIIn a letter to Westchester County officials by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in April of 2014, the federal agency resorted to heavy-handed tactics to impose its bureaucratic vision of fair-housing on the citizens of the county, superseding the local zoning ordinances developed by the duly elected representatives of the people, even taking the extreme position of referring to existing county policies as “exclusionary zoning practices”.
If adopted by the state’s Planning Council, RhodeMapRI would pave the way for Rhode Island’s cities and towns to apply for HUD grants and, in doing so, become subject to similar arbitrary mandates and enforcement tactics.
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