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Municipal Resources: Land Use Tools

Land use and planning projects can often be the catalyst for engaging with communities regarding the need and the benefits of affordable housing. Planners and other land use professionals and officials are often asked a variety of questions on topics realted to the housing market, from demographic changes to the impact of transit. The resources below can provide enhanced understanding on a variety of these issues. 

Zoning Regulations

Click here to access zoning regulations for Incentive Housing Zones and similar zoning that have been proposed and/or adopted in towns throughout Connecticut.  

Fact Sheets

Surburban Connecticut
How housing development over the last half century has had a lasting effect on today’s housing market. 

Grand Lists Changes in Connecticut Towns
​Towns across the state are experiencing stagnant real property tax revenues, in part because they do not have an adequate array of housing units to attract and retain residents. 

Income and Jobs in Connecticut 
Many occupations that are staples of a healthy community cannot afford housing available in the towns where they work. 

Progress of Incentive Housing Zones: Status 2016
Towns across the state are actively working to increase their housing options. 

HOMEConnecticut: How It Works
A brief explanation about how the Housing for Economic Growth Program works.

Mixed-Income and Affordable Housing Doesn’t Lower Nearby Property Values
A study published by MIT found no significant differences between home values in neighborhoods with affordable housing developments and those in other parts of town.

New Housing Doesn’t Automatically Bring New Students and Inflate Your School
Affordable and mixed-income development does not necessarily bring new school-age children to town. Studies show that school budgets are not primarily sensitive to enrollments. 


2015 Housing Data Profiles
 individual town profiles highlight key housing statistics for all 169 municipalities in Connecticut, each county and the state as a whole. The 2015 Housing Data Profiles include charts and graphs visualizing data on housing stock, income, age distribution of residents, housing characteristics, housing costs and affordability, housing production and affordable units, along with a narrative analysis of housing conditions and a list of Key Stats.

 The Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT
This toolkit provides information on how towns can 
provide sustainable housing, retail and commercial options and creating lively, attractive gathering places by marrying transit service with housing and community development. 


Capturing the Value of Transit: Harnessing Connecticut’s Future to Create Healthy Transit Neighborhoods 
A report that explores innovative financing approaches to bridge the gap between current needs and future revenue growth in areas with access to transit.


Success Stories: Mixed-Income Housing in CT
After decades of increasing housing segregation in Connecticut and across the United States – which saw residents separated by income, race, age and their abilities and disabilities – mixed-income housing has begun breaking down those walls. Success Stories: Mixed-Income Housing in CT looks at two examples in Farmington and Wallingford where established mixed-income developments have prospered. The accompanying brief on the topic is available here

Rent Roulette

Think you can find an affordable apartment in expensive Connecticut? Play our video game, Rent Roulette, and see. Maybe you’ll land a job that allows you to live where you want. But maybe you’ll be like so many in our expensive state and have to settle for something less. Play the game and invite others to try their luck as well. 



Idea Factories
A 13-minute video showcasing how five CT towns - Bristol, Colchester, Hamden, Old Saybrook and Simsbury - engaged the public in town planning using various methods.


Planning Assistance Directory
This directory was prepared to help municipalities that are engaged in proactively developing their town's housing stock or studying feasibility and best practices for creating mixed-income housing. 

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