Laws like 8-30g have shined a spotlight on affordable housing. There’s a hot debate on how well each Connecticut town and city does. It’s hard to say, particularly because the statute does not include housing built before its enactment in 1990.
A 2017 law requires all municipalities to adopt an affordable housing plan. The deadline was June 1, 2022.
Fairfield County’s Center for Housing Opportunity has released a scorecard, rating plans for 17 towns and cities here. Rankings cover 4 areas: plan submission, planning process, housing needs assessment, and action and implementation.
Two cities led. Stamford was first, followed by Danbury. (Bridgeport is not listed; apparently they have not filed a plan.)
Westport, Fairfield and Bethel tied for third. We had 55 points, out of a possible 100.
We were followed by Weston, New Canaan, Greenwich and Stratford (all tied). Next came Brookfield; then a tie between Easton, Redding, Wilton, Monroe and Newtown. Finishing last were Sherman and New Fairfield.
Westport earned 5 points for submitting a plan, but 0 because it was submitted late (June 27).
The “planning process” question earned us 7 out of a possible 15 points. We had 14 out of a possible 30 for “housing needs assessment,” and 29 out of a possible 45 for “action and implementation.”
Want to know more? Fairfield County’s Center for Human Opportunity sponsors an evening of conversation September 28 (6:30 p.m., Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church).
Moderated by Hearst Connecticut Media columnist Huge Bailey, the panel includes Westport Planning & Zoning Commission chair Danielle Dobin, Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons. Mark Barnhart (director of Fairfield’s Office of Community & Economic Development, and Desegregate CT director Pete Harrison.
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