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So it isn't just Weston!
 
Read story here:  https://www.greenwichtime.com/business/article/Census-new-home-sales-plunge-in-Northeast-13332467.php




CT MIRROR random series....


 
Rep. Porter quoted as well as the Governor himself.

And Governor Malloy, too.  "   In an interview with the CT Mirror last month, Malloy said he believes people should be able to live in the communities where they work, and that 'It’s not good for us as a society to live in communities strictly of poverty and strictly of wealth.'”


About Town interviewee David Fink (2007), quoted.

"   Fink, the PSC consultant, said there’s a mismatch of housing stock available in Connecticut—most towns have an abundance of single family homes but not enough buyers.

"Fink said according to Malloy’s budget office, the grand list residential property went down or remained flat in 151 of the state’s 169 municipalities from 2008 through 2017.

“'Here’s why that’s so important—all of these towns, about 90 percent of their revenue comes from property taxes, no sales tax, no local income tax,' Fink said. 'You have a situation in Connecticut where there’s too many sellers and not enough buyers, therefore the value of property falls, the grand list shrinks, and municipalities either have to raise taxes or cut services.'”

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For full story:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/10/16/wealth-income-inequality-housing/







A new wrinkle in opposition by neighbor groups?

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/In-rare-move-neighbors-form-LLC-raise-big-bucks-13244728.php#photo-16199655






DEEDS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITMENT:
https://aspetuck.news/lead-news/in-easton-what-happens-when-deeds-expire-on-affordable-accessory-apartments-103251?utm_source=Aspetuck+News&utm_campaign=7deea141fc-AN+ONLINE+TODAY%2C+1%2F2%2F18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c214c84c57-7deea141fc-200859481






PASSED THE HOUSE WITH ONE STICK REMOVED




But does it really say anything???  Does the bill specifically state the "2 of 3 items" anyplace?


“'...This critical vote by the House of Representatives is the first step toward enacting reasonable zoning reform in the State of Connecticut,' said Evonne M. Klein, the state housing commissioner. 'It’s no secret that our state remains one of the most segregated in the nation. By ensuring our zoning laws better reflect the needs of our towns and cities, our residents will have greater access to opportunity.'

"Only 20 of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns allow multi-family housing, which is defined as three or more units, as a right under their zoning regulations, two dozen bar it and the rest allow housing of three or more units by special permit.

"The bill requires zoning regulations to provide for, rather than encourage, a variety of housing development opportunities to meet local and regional needs. It eliminates a requirement the regulations be made to consider the “character” of a district, an ambiguous phrase..."  From the CT MIRROR article 4-25-18.






What is the difference between zoning violations and other illegal activity?
H'mmm...could it be that Democrats don't think the law applies to everyone equally? 

From a longer Stamford ADVOCATE article on zoning violations in Stamford, Dec. 9, 2017:

"...Simmons said working on zoning enforcement is one reason she will run for a third two-year term in 2018. In October she married Republican state Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook after a very public proposal - he took out a full-page ad in the Stamford Advocate that read, 'Dear Caroline, Will you marry me?'

"Simmons said she will maintain her Stamford apartment and continue to serve the 144th District.

"'I know other cities are facing zoning violations as well, but I think because of increasing growth in Stamford and the increasing number of people moving here, it’s a bigger challenge'.”








LOW-HANGING FRUIT DEPT.:  That would be recycling - ideas and mandates...affordable housing, (8-30g) too?










2018 SESSION GETS ROLLING...https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/pdf/2018HB-05045-R00-HB.pdf

Are they contradicting last year's "simplification" of interpretation of non-conformity?  Is the C.G.A. being asked to say, for example, Cobb's Mill Inn may have a problem if there is no attempt to re-open it as a restaurant? 

We will be following this "Fair Housing" change to statutes on zoning closely.  Too early to tell what it might bring in JF format, though.

But more important is this - FYI sub-section (a) is the traditional zoning language - our reading is much of what Weston's Subdivision Regulations say regarding protections to wells and septics are now being integrated into Zoning law!!!  Finally!!!.









THE 2017 SESSION'S HOUSING BILLS


AN EFFORT TO ENGAGE IN BIPARTISAN LEGISLATING?
Sen. Hwang on Housing Committee;  Sen. Slossberg, thoughtful legislator, says veto "shortsighted."

Full article from CT MIRROR here

"Malloy’s veto drew mixed reactions from legislators. Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, one of the bill’s major advocates, called it 'shortsighted'.

“'Although the legislature clearly heard our voices, the governor clearly could not,' she wrote on Facebook.  "'His veto action will undermine our efforts and those across the state to encourage communities to embrace affordable housing in a thoughtful way'.”
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Veto statement by Governor:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/malloy_vetoes_changes_to_affordable_housing_law/

Public Act No. 17-170 - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/act/pa/2017PA-00170-R00HB-06880-PA.htm
We asked, was this bill for real?  Will the Governor sign it prior to hell freezing over? 
As it progressed this Session:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB06880&which_year=2017









Property Rounds: Underwater homes a stubborn problem
Stamford ADVOCATE, June 14, 2017
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/business/article/Property-Rounds-Underwater-homes-a-stubborn-11219579.php#photo-13088767





HOUSING CHOICE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH...
P A R T N E R S H I P    F O R    S T R O N G    C O M M U N I T I E S    P A N E L ,   F E B .  2 7 ,    2 0 1 7  

   
    
MARKET HOUSING STUDY FROM HARVARD

       

SUBURBAN STRATEGY OR DENSITY STRATEGY:  First question for panel.
Are we a victim of our own success?
Property Tax system that supports enrollment the answer?

STAMFORD-NORWALK (McGee)

Q&A




HUD releases vouchers for residents of Thames River Apartments
The Day
11-28-17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday released $1.28 million to fund housing vouchers and relocate the residents of the troubled Thames River Apartments...

Story in full:  http://www.theday.com/local-news/20171127/hud-releases-vouchers-for-residents-of-thames-river-apartments


OCT. 2017 - LATEST:  http://www.theday.com/local-news/20171004/hud-approves-disposition-of-thames-river-apartments


APARTMENT TOWERS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING...NOT A HAPPY HISTORY.  (R) Data from news report some years ago.

Consider the recent fire case of London apartment block;  Pruitt-Igoe in St. LouisFather Panik Village...we'd bet NLHA first three projects are high rises.

New London:  http://www.theday.com/local/20170623/report-indicates-little-value-for-crystal-avenue-site

Bridgeport:

Affordable housing and the city's future
Brian Lockhart, CT POST
Published 1:21 am, Monday, September 23, 2013

BRIDGEPORT -- It's only 74 mixed-income rental units on 2.5 acres in the state's largest city, population 146,000, but it could affect the future of Bridgeport.

"It's a small site. We're not trying to overwhelm it," Sharon Lee, the Bridgeport Housing Authority's development manager, told the crowd gathered recently in Shiloh Baptist Church.

They were there to learn about the authority's latest proposal for the vacant land at 375 Main St., off lower Broad Street by the train tracks.  As Lee said, it's a small site.  But she and Sharon Ebert, the authority's director of planning and development, also made it clear Wednesday their agency's reputation and future city redevelopment are riding on what they build on those 2.5 acres.

It's the first of several private/public partnerships the authority is pursuing to replace its aging, 2,600-unit housing stock with the mixed-income model and -- they hope -- ultimately change perceptions about those properties and who moves in.  Lee said Bridgeport is the only city in Connecticut that has not remade its public housing...read story in full at CT POST.






FROM CT EXPERT ON HOUSING/POPULATION CHANGE
http://www.ct.gov/doh/lib/doh/analysis_of_impediments_2015.pdf





SPECIAL SESSION OF ISLAND COUNTY PC - note that the planning process looks great on paper, but hot topics blow up there even more than in CT!!!
https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Planning%20Commission%20Documents/July%202%20PC%20meeting/13715%20-%20Affordable%20Housing%20Task%20Force%20Recommendations%206-13-18.pdf

State of Washington has Counties.  Link to Island County Planning Commission:  https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Pages/planningcomm.aspx

Island County memohttps://www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Planning%20Commission%20Documents/13114%20-%2011-13-17%20PC%20-%20Staff%20Memo.pdf




VOUCHERS

https://ctmirror.org/2018/01/07/a-win-for-better-housing-for-voucher-recipients/

OWNERSHIP V. RENTAL HOUSING:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/report_finds_that_connecticuts_housing_market_is_changing_11_30_2017/

SURPRISE!  Research show that home ownership favors the non-poor!
From the CT MIRROR:  https://ctmirror.org/2017/10/09/gap-between-buying-and-renting-a-home-in-ct-widens/





ZONING AND SPECIAL PERMITS PLUS WHO'S GOT A TRAFFIC STUDY?  AND ANOTHER?
http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Residents-contest-senior-housing-at-former-nursery-12414007.php

"Spot zoning" by any other name?   But then, I have never liked the "Special Permit" process...and the joke of "traffic studies" is that once you have reached the worst limits on capability of roads and intersections to accomodate it - who's responsibility to improve the situation is it???

“...'This is the worst intersection in town and cannot handle any more traffic — I cannot begin to fathom the tremendous delays that a housing development would have on that already horrific and dangerous intersection'  noted one comment from Public Hearing.”






ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE LINKING POVERTY AND HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS - NOT THE WHOLE STORY
http://c-hit.org/2017/12/13/report-27-facilities-using-hazardous-chemicals-pose-risk-to-thousands-of-low-income-neighbors/