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Westport Housing: How Are We Doing?

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.

Among Westport’s new affordable housing:136 Riverside Avenue. for adults with disabilities.

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.”

Click here for more details. Click here for the full story, reported first by Connecticut Mirror.

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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