Legal Matters in Real Estate - Spring 2022
The topic of affordable housing and local zoning regulations are in the forefront of recent real estate news in Connecticut this spring. The Covid pandemic created a surge in in demand for housing in towns like Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan and up the line in Connecticut. Along with the surge in demand has been a marked increase in applications for large scale development projects in our local towns. Connecticut General Statute (CGS) 8-30g, was adopted in 1989 and became effective in 1990. From 1989 to 2019 the Greenwich Planning and Zoning Department reviewed ten projects. Since January 2021 thirteen new development projects have been proposed in Greenwich under CGS 8-30g that would otherwise not be compliant with the town's planning and zoning regulations.
CGS 8-30g set an affordable housing goal of not less that 10% of a town's total housing stock. Many municipalities in Connecticut do not currently meet this statutory criteria. 30 years after its enactment developers are using CGS 8-30g to circumvent local planning and zoning guidelines to construct developments that defy local zoning ordinances and overtax local infrastructure. Under CGS 8-30g the burden shifts to the municipal planning and zoning agency to defend against housing development applications if affordable housing conditions are met in the development proposal.
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