DeSanctis only candidate with plan to reform affordable housing

To the Editor:

I recently sat down for coffee with 133rd District state representative candidate Chris DeSanctis. Chris had reached out to me after reading a letter to the editor I’d written about a developer trying to amend Fairfield’s zoning regulations by creating a new “Homeland Opportunity District” zone that would allow any .22 acre+ A Zone property owner to spot zone their property and build multiple dwellings providing they set aside a portion for affordable housing. At the time, my neighbors and I were anxious to reach out to anyone that would listen so I happily accepted Chris’s invitation to discuss the issue. Throughout the process of fighting this developer’s application before the Town Plan and Zoning Commission, I’d done quite a bit of research on the state law [section 8-30g] he was exploiting.

In an effort to gain Chris’s support I was prepared to try and convince him that section 8-30g was horribly written legislation and this developer would set a precedent in town that would destroy neighborhood after neighborhood. No convincing was necessary. Chris was already on our side. He told me this was an issue he’d been following for some time, he was absolutely against misuse of this law by developers and he even had policy plans to change it in Hartford.

I was thoroughly impressed with Chris’s knowledge and passion on the subject. He was able to provide me information I hadn’t previously found and he connected me to people to reach out to for even more information. When I read his policy platform on amending section 8-30g to restore local control of development back to towns which adopt a “Smart Growth Master Plan,” I was blown away how it struck the perfect balance of affordable housing promotion and protection for neighborhoods from developers looking to abuse the law for personal gain.

After further research I learned that Republican legislators on the Housing Committee recently tried to reform 8-30g, which was adopted in 1990. Minority Republicans on the committee couldn’t get the Democrat committee chairman and majority members to even discuss changes to the statute as they saw it as being opposed to affordable housing. I can say with absolute certainty that all my neighbors: Democrats, independents and Republicans, in our 7th RTM district (where all five elected RTM members are Democrats) neighborhood are adamantly opposed to the arrogant exploitation of 8-30g while we all favor the spirit of its intent to provide affordable housing opportunities.

Chris DeSanctis is the only candidate for state representative running in our 133rd District who is proposing specific and well thought out changes to section 8-30g to prevent this type of destructive behavior from happening again.

A message needs to be sent to our state capital that towns like Fairfield deserve better from their leaders.

As one of my neighbors recently said to me; “Chris gets it.”

Chris DeSanctis is exactly the representative my neighborhood needs. He’s the representative the 133rd District deserves.

Art Rotelli

Fairfield

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