Many Connecticut communities have come to realize that having an adequate supply of housing affordable to households of different ages and incomes contributes to a municipality’s vibrancy and economic competitiveness. But what constitutes “affordable” housing?
One way to answer that question is using the Connecticut Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure, Section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes. Since 1989 the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure has promoted the development of low-cost housing with long-term affordability protections. The requirements of apply to all municipalities, unless they have been found to be exempt by the Department of Housing (DOH). Exempt communities are those with at least 10% of their housing stock designated as “affordable;” a complete listing of exempt communities can be found on DOH’s website – http://www.ct.gov/doh/lib/doh/final_appeals_summary_2013.pdf .
More information is available on the Department of Housing’s website.
Here are just a few examples of the housing that has been built under this Procedure:
Olde Oak Village in Wallingford
Toll Gate Estates in Berlin, CT
Wooster Woods in Bethel, CT