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Ten Towns Receive Funds to Research Incentive Housing Zones


Governor Malloy and Commissioner Evonne Klein of the Department of Housing, awarded ten towns with grants for predevelopment funds for incentive housing zones on July 18, 2013. A total of $197,800 will be distributed to the towns through the Housing Program for Economic Growth (also known as the “HOMEConnecticut Program”).

An Incentive Housing Zone (IHZ)  is an area which has a zoning overlay that allows developers to increase housing density in exchange for creating mixed-income housing. It must set aside a minimum of 20% of the units for households earning 80 percent or less of the area median income (AMI) for a minimum of 30 years.

Below is a list of the towns and how they will use the funds:

  • Brookfield — The town will receive $20,000 to prepare design guidelines that will help the town’s planning and zoning commissioners amend zoning regulations per IHZ requirements.
  • Burlington — The town will use its $17,800 grant for soil tests, to analyze and draft a housing plan, and to draft and present IHZ regulations.
  • Canton — A $20,000 grant will help the town identify opportunities and locations for a proposed IHZ.
  • Durham — The town will develop alternative site plans and hold workshops with its $20,000 grant.
  • Fairfield — The town will assess potential IHZ locations, design standards for consideration, and draft IHZ regulations with its $20,000 grant.
  • Haddam — The town will receive a $20,000 grant to study its housing needs, identify parcels, conduct a visioning session, and draft IHZ regulations.
  • Milford — A $20,000 grant will help the town determine the feasibility of creating an IHZ near the train station and draft regulations.
  • North Stonington — The town will use its $20,000 grant to offset engineering and legal review costs, and draft design standards and IHZ regulations.
  • Ridgefield — A $20,000 grant will help to determine feasibility of a proposed IHZ and draft IHZ regulations.
  • Stonington — The town will use its $20,000 grant for site selection, and drafting IHZ regulations and design standards.

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