A public information meeting regarding the Ulster County Plus One Home Program and the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) design contest will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2023.
The Plus One Home grant program provides funding to create new code-compliant ADUs. Homeowners who meet the low- and moderate-income threshold (earning 100% or less of Ulster County Area Media Income) can apply to receive up to $125,000 dollars for the construction of a new detached or attached ADU. In exchange, the property owner agrees to rent the apartment at an affordable rate for a minimum of 10 years. Applications for the Ulster County Plus One Home Program will open after the event.
As part of the Plus One program, the City of Kingston launched the ‘Yes to ADU!’ Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Competition. The winning firm or design professional will receive $25,000 for producing permit-ready construction documents that Kingston and Ulster County homeowners can use to obtain building permits to construct new, detached ADUs. A $3,000 award will be given to the best non-professional/student entry.
Yes to ADU! Panel & Information Session
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hudson River Maritime Museum Barn
50 Rondout Landing Kingston, NY 12401
The term Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) refers to all forms of additional units on residential properties and may be either attached to the primary residence, such as a basement apartment, or detached from the primary residence such as a garage conversion or cottage. Among many other benefits, ADUs can provide rental income to homeowners and offer an affordable way for renters to live in residential neighborhoods or can help older residents age in place.
The proposed Form-Based Code legalizes attached and detached ADUs citywide and clarifies ADU approval rules, including setbacks and parking requirements. In addition, the City of Kingston Common Council recently passed Local Law 1 to adopt the 421-F Property Tax Exemption for the creation of new attached ADUs, which allows property owners to exempt a portion of the value of new ADUs from their assessment.
The Yes to ADU! Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Competition is funded with the City of Kingston’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Additional details about the ADU design contest can be found here: www.engagekingston.com/adu-design-competition.