On Monday December 5, 2022 there will be a Town Meeting to approve the language of the Conservation Restriction placed on the South Park Property by the Town legislature at the Town Meeting on May 31, 2022. The verbiage already approved by the legislature reads as follows:
Subsequent to this meeting, there will be a referendum vote by the town on December 13, 2022 , to approve the language of the Conservation Restriction.
Link here to the Town Website to read the Conservation Restriction document upon which we will be voting or Click below:
Municipal Affordable Housing Plans: PA 21-29 establishes an initial deadline of June 1, 2022 for municipalities to have adopted their first Affordable Housing Plans (and every five years thereafter) as required by CGS Section 8-30j.. It also explicitly allows Affordable Housing Plans to be updated concurrently with the Plan of Conservation & Development.
As per Section 8-30j, Such plan shall specify how the municipality intends to increase the number of affordable housing developments in the municipality.
If you wish to have input on this most important issue, please attend or send an email.
On the shirt tails of our referendum yesterday regarding the sidewalk, please join this informative forum this evening. Many issues that are on the table for discussion may be a jumping off point for why the sidewalks are becoming first and foremost at the forefront now. Join us for a virtual forum on zoning changes that will affect your home and your town: Date: Wed. March 31, 2021 Time: 6PM – 7:30 PM Zoning, Land Use Issues & What is at Stake Place: Please be sure to register here:
Zoning boards must be able to rule based on local criteria like location, topography, flooding, traffic, parking, environmental issues, wildlife, open space, historic preservation, infrastructure capacity and what is already built nearby. The panel includes State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Woodstock TPZ Chairman Dr. Jeffery Gordon, Kathryn Braun, Esq. TPZ Commissioner Fairfield, and Steven Mullins TPZ Commissioner West Haven.
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.
Registration deadline: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m. Testify via email:Send testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Testify by phone:To register, call (203) 350-3769 to leave your contact information. You can watch the hearing here. HELP SPREAD THE WORD !
Citizens for Easton meets the third Wednesday of every month at 8 PM in the library conference room. You may also attend the meetings via zoom. If you would like to attend a meeting virtually, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will provide you with the meeting information.