Update On 8-30g Affordable Housing Statute

April 7, 2017

As you are all aware, I have been advocating for changes to the 8-30g Affordable Housing Statute since being elected as your State Representative.

Since this statute took effect in 1989, only 5,000 units have been developed using 8-30g, that's approximately 160 units a year statewide. Currently, Milford has 600 units (approximately 180 of which affordable) are either being developed, in the application process, or in court. Those numbers are staggering.

This Statute is extremely complicated and we wonder why there are so many applications for developments that fall under this statute here in Milford.

Evonne Klein, the Commissioner of the Department of Housing and I have created a video, that explains the statute and covers questions such as:

  • why there are so many applications in Milford
  • what is the difference between affordable housing and low income housing
  • what we are doing in Hartford to change the law
  • what the opposition is on a state level to making any changes to the statute
  • what our local Planning and Zoning Board and City Planner can do to help encourage proper development.

I hope that you find it educational.

Here are the links to two bills that passed out of our committee and are still under consideration, and are subject to language changes:

You need to understand the delicate situation that we are in - any changes made to the statute will affect every town in the state, so we need to consider all of the implications. We are facing widespread opposition to making ANY changes to the statue. The opposition is coming from housing advocates, other legislators, and, as you will see in this video, the Commissioner. A bill that is too broad could negatively impact other towns that are not building affordable housing at the rate that they should be, and a bill that is too narrow is considered too town specific.

We also have to keep in mind that there are other towns that are having other problems with the statue- so their needs must also be addressed. The dilemma is to craft bill language that will offer relief to some towns that are experiencing particular issues while still encouraging the development of much needed affordable housing throughout the state. We must craft a bill that will pass both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate.

Rep. Butler, the Chairman of the Housing Committee and I have spent countless hours in meetings over the last 7 years. We've met and negotiated with housing advocates, staff attorneys, as well as other Housing Committee ranking members, and leadership, to name a few- to try to craft such legislation.

We passed a bill in the House last year that some considered not helpful enough to Milford specifically, but it stalled in the Senate. Rep. Butler and I are committed to getting a bill passed this session, and I want you to know that I am always working for you.

I will be following up with more in-depth information on this subject, and I will keep you updated on our progress.