In May 2013, Mayor Mike Spano signed into law a Green Building Ordinance, establishing a policy for the City to design and construct its facilities to be sustainable and to encourage commercial and residential developers to do the same. In June 2013, the Commissioner of Planning and Development formally adopted the Yonkers Green Development Workbook including a checklist and standards to guide this policy. An update of the standards was issued in September 2014 which includes requirements for construction projects in Downtown Yonkers.
The workbook is intended to help decision-makers to improve the environmental performance of new construction and renovation projects. It addresses environmental impacts that are specific to Yonkers and it aligns with local, state and federal incentive programs and regulations. The goal of the policy is to conserve natural resources, increase energy and water efficiency, and improve indoor air quality as a way to maintain long term value, reduce operating costs, and ensure more comfortable and healthy buildings in Yonkers.
Private Development City-Wide
All new non-residential development site plan applications for projects greater than 15,000 square feet and residential development site plan applications for projects greater than 25 units shall include a Green Development Checklist. For private development projects outside of the Downtown Districts, submitting a completed checklist with the site plan application is the only requirement. Actual compliance with the standards is encouraged, but is purely voluntary.
Private Development in Downtown Yonkers
All construction projects that require a building permit in the Downtown Districts (see map in Appendix C of the Yonkers Green Development Workbook) shall comply with the Yonkers Green Development Standards. This includes all projects that involve the construction, addition, alteration, enlargement, removal and demolition of every structure and any appurtenances connected or attached to such structures and to the site on which the structure is located, except that these provisions do not apply to detached and attached one- and two-family dwellings.
The new construction, renovation or expansion of facilities owned by the City of Yonkers which are used for municipal or school purposes must meet the standards set forth in the Yonkers Green Development Workbook.