STATE RELEASES AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPEALS LIST

 

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has released the 2010 Affordable Housing Appeals List that specifies the number of officially recognized affordable housing units in each community in Connecticut.  The list is compiled annually to determine which communities are exempt from the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure under Connecticut General Statute Section 8-30g.  The appeals procedure shifts the burden of proof to municipal land use agencies in evaluating whether to deny a development application involving affordable housing.

 

Danbury continues to be the only community in the Housatonic region that is exempt from the appeals procedure by virtue of having more than ten percent of their total housing units meeting the designated affordable criteria under the statute.  Danbury was determined to have a total of 3,046 affordable housing units representing 10.68 percent of its total housing units.  The affordable housing total is determined by adding the number of governmentally assisted units, the number of Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) mortgages and the number of units with affordable housing deed restrictions.  Private housing units that may meet generally-recognized definitions of affordability are not counted under the statute.   Danbury's 2010 total represented an increase of 54 affordable units over 2009, with 31 new units under the government assisted category and 23 new CHFA mortgages.

 

Bethel had the next highest affordable housing total in the region with 385 affordable housing units representing 5.79 percent of its total housing units.  Bethel's totals increased by 46 affordable units over the prior year, resulting from 39 new government assisted units and 7 new CHFA mortgages.  New Milford led the region with a robust increase of 112 affordable units over its 2009 total, resulting from 104 new government assisted units and 8 new CHFA mortgages.  New Milford is now credited with a total of 351 affordable units (3.28%) to rank third in the region.  Ridgefield ranked fourth with 191 units (2.15%) followed by Newtown with 171 units (1.99%).  Please click on the link provided to view the complete Affordable Housing Appeals List or visit the DECD website at www.ct.gov.

“We are pleased that Danbury again met the affordable housing threshold and are particularly excited to see the expansion of affordable housing units in New Milford,” stated Danbury Housing Partnership Chair Mark J. Nolan.   “We must re-double our efforts if communities in the region are to continue this progress in the face of headwinds caused by on-going economic conditions and changes in calculating the affordability percentages that will result from the release of new housing data from the 2010 census.”  

For more information about the Danbury Housing Partnership please call Chairman Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255 or visit www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.


To view the 2009 Regional Housing Market Assessment prepared for the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO) please visit www.hvceo.org.  The report provides substantial background data on housing, employment, and economic development; research on housing programs and strategies as well as findings and recommendations for actions on the part of municipalities to address affordable housing needs in the region.  The site also hosts HVCEO’s on-line Affordable Housing Resource Inventory.