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STATE SENATOR

Gayle Slossberg

Always On Your Side

Affordable Housing Reform Update: Veto Overridden!

Many of you have been following legislative efforts to reform the controversial housing law commonly known as "8-30g." Earlier this month Governor Malloy vetoed the reform bill, but I am happy to announce that this week the legislature voted to override that veto. The reform we fought for will now have the force of law.

The law makes several critical reforms that will restore the ability of communities like Milford to make sound planning decisions. First, the law makes Ryder Woods, a mobile home community, count toward Milford's application for an affordable housing moratorium. Including this affordable, livable community recognizes the reality of housing opportunities in Milford and will bring the city very close to securing a moratorium.

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Second, the law makes affordable housing moratoriums more achievable for midsize cities. The current threshold to qualify for a moratorium is 2 percent, this bill lowers that threshold to 1.5 percent. Since the inception of our affordable housing law, no midsize city has ever succeeded in meeting the threshold. Doing so would require a rapid increase in housing construction that is unimaginable even in the best of economic times. It has become very clear to local leaders and community residents that reform is needed. The new threshold will still be difficult to attain, but lowering it recognizes that the threshold had been set at an unattainable level, placing midsize communities at great hardship.

Third, midsize cities like Milford will be able to get a 5-year moratorium for their second moratorium instead of the current four years. This will allow Milford and similar communities the time to ensure their housing stock is kept at target levels to qualify for future moratoriums.