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Suffolk County, New York

Glossary

Affordable Housing/Unit
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing in which the occupants pay no more than 30 percent of their income for gross housing costs, including utilities. In Suffolk County, affordable housing generally refers to housing that is affordable for those with incomes of less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI).
Bike Share
A service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis, usually for a fee. This service or system allows people to make use of a bike from a "dock" and return it at another dock in the city/locale. For many systems, smartphone mapping apps show nearby stations with available bikes and open docks.
Bus Rapid Transit
A bus-based public transportation system designed to improve capacity, speed and reliability relative to a conventional bus system with a similar cost. Typically, a BRT system includes roadways with dedicated bus lanes and traffic-light priority that lets buses bypass traffic, and other design features such as advance purchase and ticketless boarding to reduce delays, and real-time bus location information for enhanced convenience.
Flex Space
Usually commercial space for lease found in buildings zoned for light industrial use. Companies like flex space as it can be used for multiple purposes. Inventory, office space, and light production can all share flex space in a commercial building. Other uses of flex space include showrooms, laboratories, retail space, or even an area for assembly and shipping.
Millennials
Although definitions vary, the U.S. Census Bureau identifies Millennials as anyone born between 1982 to 2000. This generation generally prefers walking over driving, and shows preferences to public transportation. Millennials indicate they are partial to living in mixed-use communities.
Mixed-Use Community
A type of pedestrian-friendly, urban development that blends residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and/or entertainment uses that are physically and functionally united.
Multimodal
Choosing the best transportation modes – driving, bus, train, bike, walk, etc. – based on the planned trip and motivated by such factors as money savings, convenience, exercise, productivity, and practicality. Multimodal transportation promotes reduced road congestion by attracting trips from personal vehicle usage.
SF
Measure of building space or development areas in Square Feet.
Transportation Hub
A place where passengers are exchanged between vehicles or between transport modes such as between cars and trains, cars and busses, trains and planes, busses and ferries, etc.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
A type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located in close proximity to quality public transportation. TODs provide an affordable work, live and play ecosystem for people from all walks of life while minimizing the need for a personal vehicle.
Walkable Communities
Walkable communities have a person, not their automobile, at the center of the design and create places that are socially, environmentally and economically vibrant. In addition to promoting physical and mental health, walkability supports independence for people of all ages, incomes and abilities and contributes to a greater quality of life.
Workforce Housing/Unit
Housing for workers with incomes ranging from 60% to 120% of Area Median Income (AMI).

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