Saugerties village officials are mulling changes to parking requirements for multi-family dwellings that would apply to new construction or homes modified from single-family to multi-family.
Village Building Inspector Eyal Saad told the Village Board last Monday that he’s seeing an ongoing issue with overcrowding of cars around multi-family homes with the current requirement for off-street parking for 1.5 vehicles per dwelling unit, and he called for it to be increased to two cars per dwelling unit with additional parking for multi-family homes modified to three units
Trustee Don Hackett agreed, but suggested the language should be changed to one car per bedroom in areas zoned residential while recognizing that such requirements would not be feasible on Partition Street.
Trustee Jeff Helmuth also called for the requirements to not apply to the business district.
But Hackett said such a requirement would be a positive change, as more families have multiple cars with both parents working and driving separately to work and older children or other relatives continuing to live at home that also have cars.
Trustee Vincent Buono said that there are currently landlords that do not offer any parking to their tenants.
Deputy Mayor Jeannine Mayer questioned if the proposed requirements would also apply to someone renovating their home to which Saad said they would only apply if someone were to modify the home for additional families.
The board said they plan to set a public hearing at a later date for the public to offer questions and concerns about the plan.