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Exclusionary Zoning in Connecticut: Past, Present & Future Change

Thank you to everyone who attended our HOMEConnecticut webinar on exclusionary zoning! A recording of the webinar can be found at our YouTube page, linked below:

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

The event description is below.


As Black Lives Matter protests continue in communities across Connecticut, why do so few Connecticut towns have racially diverse residents? Even as Connecticut’s population has grown more diverse over time, why are so many of our towns racially and economically uniform?

One answer may be found in your town’s land use rules. Zoning can be used to segregate groups of people and stifle diversity. Exclusionary zoning often bans or limits certain development types to reduce the likelihood it can be built. Some common exclusionary tactics include banning multifamily housing, requiring oversized lots, requiring excessive parking, and establishing square footage minimums for residences.

A vibrant, diverse, mixed-income community requires a diversity of housing types: multifamily & single family homes, small granny flats and large family units to support a diversity of living situations.

This call is free to join and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Space is limited to 250 participants, so register now to secure your place.

Agenda items include:

  1. How residential segregation was maintained in the past
  2. Segregation in Connecticut today
  3. Zoning policies and laws that promote segregation
  4. What to do about it (Legislative changes, municipal affordable housing plans, other changes)
  5. Questions & Answers

Presenters include the Partnership for Strong Communities and Connecticut Fair Housing Center. A recording of the webinar will be made available after the event.