HUD penalizes Westchester over local zoning analysis

HUD penalizes Westchester over local zoning analysis

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A county in suburban New York is losing more than $7 million in grants for failing to analyze local zoning rules to the satisfaction of a federal agency.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says Friday that Westchester County has failed to comply with the 2009 settlement of a housing discrimination lawsuit.

It says as a result $7.4 million in HUD grants would be reallocated to other communities in the metropolitan area.

The announcement came a day after Westchester refused to submit a new zoning analysis following specific instructions from HUD.

The analysis was 1 of the requirements of the 2009 settlement.

Westchester has done several analyses concluding there are no zoning impediments to fair housing. HUD says that's unacceptable.

A county spokesman says Westchester is in full compliance.

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