FairfieldPLAN joins Earth Day celebration

To the Editor:

Earth Day is here in Fairfield tomorrow.

Many good things have been happening in Town such as the ongoing Exide Battery Plant cleanup of Mill River actively underway, but there has been so much interest and activity on the Affordable Housing law, 8-30g, we’re giving you a brief recap, and letting you know this is a chance to meet and talk to your State Delegation at the public forum tomorrow.

Earth Day is always a good time to take stock on what can be done to improve our environmental health and our community’s quality of life. To a large extent the Affordable Housing law, Statute 8-30g, affects all these issues, and as with any type of legislation, it can always be improved upon.

Meet with our State Delegation (11:30 -12:30): There will be a public Q&A session for our State delegation. This is a chance to ask about recent legislative activity concerning 8-30g, or other issues, such as the sound barriers near the I-95 rest areas, that require State involvement to resolve.

Fairfield Protecting Land and Neighborhoods (FairPLAN) will have a booth (10-4). Come and visit us and chat about any issues affecting our Town and give us suggestions.

8-30g Recap: A lot has happened over the past year regarding 8-30g involving our Town, State and neighborhoods in our Town. The TPZ after lengthy public hearings denied applications on Bronson & Berwick avenues, and zoning appeals are now pending in Court on each. This is how individual 8-30g applications are decided that can affect those neighborhoods, but Court cases can also interpret the law itself for future apps.

There has also been State legislative activity on the 8-30g Statute itself:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/BA/2015SB-00407-R000291-BA.htm

Also in 2014 Fairfield published its long-awaited affordable housing plan:

http://www.fairfieldct.org/content/10726/11008/13302/18268.aspx

About Fairfielders Protecting Land and Neighborhoods

FairfieldPLAN’s mission is to support open spaces, natural resources and the character of our neighborhoods, by supporting positive government action through good laws, regulations and land use decisions. Promoting appropriate development to achieve both economic and environmental health. Being a resource for local groups by providing education, support and advocacy and encouraging and sponsoring planning initiatives.

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