Important Housing Committee Hearing
Thursday, February 16th at 10:30 a.m.
Public Hearing on 8-30g
Legislative Office building, Room 2A
The Housing Committee will hold a public hearing to consider legislation impacting 8-30g, the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals statute.
It is critical for efforts to expand the availability of affordable homes that 8-30g remains vital and effective. 8-30g has produced affordable homes for thousands of Connecticut residents in communities across the state. Many of the affordable units built using 8-30g have been created without using state or federal housing subsidies, allowing those resources to be targeted instead to the state’s most low-income and vulnerable populations. Further, 8-30g incentivizes municipalities to work toward creating affordable housing and has led many to embrace the Housing for Economic Growth / Incentive Housing Zone program to proactively create the affordable housing they need.
The Partnership for Strong Communities supports the 8-30g statute as it stands today and opposes any weakening of the statute. Please consider joining us in support of this important statute.
- 8-30g already includes important and fair moratorium provisions, which provide a way for towns to achieve respite from 8-30g without having to reach the 10% threshold. Thirty-one municipalities have already met the 10% affordable housing threshold exempting towns from 8-30g. Towns that do not meet the 10% threshold can qualify for moratoriums exempting them from 8-30g provisions for four years.
You can sign up to testify for the hearing at 9:00 a.m. in the first floor lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Connecticut is a state with high housing costs that is in dire need of more homes that are affordable to low and moderate income families, young professionals and Baby Boomers. Our lack of supply is detrimental to the state’s economy. 8-30g is a necessary tool that expands housing opportunity and we urge this Committee to leave the statute untouched.
Please contact Sean Ghio at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or support with the public hearing process. You can also email written testimony to the Housing Committee by 5:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at HSGtestimony@cga.ct.gov.