Affordable Housing, Community Development

HOMEConnecticut Event Showcases Mixed-Income Housing Success Stories

 

Mixed-income housing has succeeded in many Massachusetts communities, is succeeding in Connecticut communities and can succeed in many more, experts and municipal officials told a capacity audience at The Lyceum on Monday, March 31. “A Glimpse of the Future, Today” provided planners, developers, architects and municipal officials from across the state with dozens of examples of how the HOMEConnecticut statute’s Incentive Housing Zones and other zoning and development models can be used to proactively create the zones and housing needed to satisfy today’s robust and growing demand for multifamily housing.

Angus Jennings, a widely experienced Massachusetts planner, showed design, financing and resident education and support development tips from the 31 Incentive Housing Zones he helped create in the Bay State. A panel of municipal experts from Connecticut – East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica, Wallingford Planning Director Kacie Costello, Simsbury Planning Director Hiram Peck, Colchester Planning Director Adam Turner and Old Saybrook land-use attorney Ed Cassella – talked about the zones they have created to allow proactive housing development in dense locations in their towns. Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein then described the financing programs and other assistance the Department of Housing can provide to help towns create more affordable housing.

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