Affordable Housing Legislation

February 27, 2017

I recently testified in support of four bills I have co-introduced to reform Affordable Housing statute 8-30g. While the intent of 8-30g is good, in its current form it creates an undue hardship for municipalities and is often taken advantage of by developers looking to skirt local zoning regulations.

The Affordable Housing statute does not acknowledge, let alone provide appropriate credit for a wide array of housing serving so many community needs. The Affordable Housing statute should be clarified and administered in a way that respects and encourages the genuine housing opportunities that Branford and many other towns have been working so hard to provide.

The proposed bills would:

  • Reduce the instances a developer can appeal a municipality‚Äôs rejection of an affordable housing project.
  • Expand the types of housing that allow a municipality to obtain a moratorium.
  • Increase the unit-equivalency point system for affordable housing for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
  • Require affordable housing units to keep deed restriction for perpetuity rather than 40 years.
  • Encourage the development of affordable housing through incentive housing zones.

You can read more about this issue in this great article from the Branford Eagle.