McKinney supports DeSanctis plan on affordable housing

To the Editor:

In 1989 the state legislature passed a law intended to create much needed affordable housing, known as Section 8-30g.

Although well intended, this law has become a weapon allowing developers to override local zoning authority. A developer’s recent proposal for Homeland Street in the Stratfield section of Fairfield is yet another example of how this law is misused by a developer with no intention to create more affordable housing.

We need thoughtful solutions to this problem, and I am happy to see that Chris DeSanctis has offered one. Chris’s plan would provide a one year moratorium to allow towns like Fairfield to create a Smart Growth Master Plan. This would give Fairfield control over its zoning laws while encouraging the development of affordable housing. Chris is also advocating a change in the law to allow towns to get credit for existing housing that meets affordable housing standards, despite not being deed restricted.

In the state legislature I have tried to fix 8-30g, working this past session on the Housing Committee with Rep. Brenda Kupchick. Unfortunately, those efforts have been thwarted by the majority party.

This should not be a partisan issue. We all stand to benefit through the creation of more affordable housing just as we all stand to lose through the loss of local control over local development.

I am happy that Chris DeSanctis has offered such a thoughtful and practical solution to an important issue facing our town. We need people like Chris DeSanctis in Hartford.

 

State Sen. John McKinney (R-28th)

Fairfield

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