Our understanding is:

This proposed change in the CT General Statutes puts zoning control at a state level- it does not consider individual towns, and it is aimed at increasing density.

At the 32 minute mark- the Westcog speaker- explains the bill and voices the same concerns we have raised for the last approx 50 years- he says this bill will eliminate public hearings, and the state will not  consider water quality issues

Affordable housing Act
Allows litigant to seek attorney’s fees against the towns- Town would have to pay own attorney expenses and litigant’s attorney fees

This from Sen. Hwang:

The need for more diverse housing in Connecticut needs to be addressed, HOWEVER the unique needs and geography of each community (including cities, suburbs, and rural areas) must be considered. The above noted bills will:Force municipalities to erect specific types of housing developments within a ½ mile of transit stations OR ¼ mile of commercial corridors, Eliminate local control over certain types of housing (location-based, accessory, 2+ units) and allow certain developments to occur without a local public hearing, Create new mandates – including training staff, assimilating local regulations and shouldering new costs, Affect the environment and drinking water statewide by ignoring the responsibilities of municipalities who host waterways, open space, Impact traffic flow, parking demands, Drive up residency at a rate which outpaces the capacities of local resources/services – Police, Fire, Schools, Overburden the public water and sewer infrastructure (if available )Require access to public transportation (if available)
Have your “Voice” be heard on the issues! Planning & Development Committee Public Hearing Monday, March 15, 10 a.m.
Sign Up to Testify (via Zoom)
Registration deadline: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m.
Testify via email:Send testimony to Include “NO to State-Mandated Zoning and Yes to maintaining Local Control & Municipal Home Rule” in the subject line Preferably Word or PDF format Include your Name, Town and Bill Numbers (HB 6107, HB 6611, HB 6612, HB 6613, SB 1024, SB 1026, SB 1027) Copy me on your testimony at Testify by phone:To register, call (203) 350-3769 to leave your contact information.   You can watch the hearing here.

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