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Housing Experts Defend Key Statutes

Partnership for Strong Communities
 

Housing experts from the Partnership for Strong Communities, the Connecticut Housing Coalition, the Legal Assistance Resource Center and others told the General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee Friday that a bill designed to make it easier for municipalities to achieve a moratorium from the Affordable Housing Appeals Procedure (also known as 8-30g) would undermine affordable and mixed-income housing creation in Connecticut.

The bill, HB5511, would give municipalities that create 16 units in an Incentive Housing Zone – with only 4 of them required to be affordable at 80% of the area median income -- a two-year moratorium from any development proposals under the 8-30g statute, which allows developers to override local zoning if less than 10% of a town’s housing stock is affordable. The 8-30g statute, created two decades ago, has created thousands of affordable and modest market-rate homes across Connecticut.

David Fink of the Partnership, Jude Carroll of the Housing Coalition, Rafie Podolsky from LARC and Tim Hollister, a land-use lawyer at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, all told the committee that the 8-30g statute does not need to be amended. They said municipalities already can qualify for a 4-year moratorium under its current provisions, and have. Conversely, they said making it too easy to qualify for a moratorium would seriously weaken 8-30g and would cause municipalities to not use the now-popular HOMEConnecticut statute as a tool for housing creation.

Prepared testimony by the experts can be found here:

 
 

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