Community Townhalls

Virtual Town Hall on Affordable Housing & Zoning

WHEN: Wednesday, May 5th at 6 PM

New Canaan Leader Talk Housing and
Property Rights

WHEN: Wednesday March 24, 2021, 7:30 pm

This forum is presented by State Representatives, the New Canaan Housing Authority, and Planning & Zoning on the bills before the CT Legislature on zoning and affordable housing. The proposal has the potential to change the landscape of New Canaan without the Town’s input, and it aggressively seeks to lower property values and take local zoning control away from the Towns. If you believe in local governance, you need to hear what is currently under consideration in Hartford. Hear from our local leaders as they discuss these topics in the context of the proposed legislation in Hartford.

Bring It Home!

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 24 2021, 7:30 PM

This event has concluded. The hosts’ and panelists’ contact info:
Jayme Stevenson, Darien First Selectman jstevenson@darienct.gov
Terrie Wood State Representative District 141 Terrie.Wood@cga.ct.gov
Kimberly Fiorello State Representative District 149 Kimberly.Fiorello@housegop.ct.gov
Scott Hobbs Hobbs Inc., Owner & Project Executive shobbs@hobbsinc.com
Francis Pickering Exec. Director Western CT Council of Governments fpickering@westcog.org

FairPLAN Lan Use/Zoning Conversation

WHEN: Wednesday February 17, 2021

A very informative and enlightening discussion tonight on zoning, affordable housing and land issues in Connecticut with over 150 people from throughout our State! Grateful to our all-star panel and audience! Here’s the link in case you missed it

WATCH: Simsbury Let’s Talk

WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2021 – 6:30 PM

PURPOSE: Join us for a roundtable with community leaders to discuss housing policies in Simsbury. Invited guest speakers include Dr. Susan Eaton, Professor of Practice in Social Policy and Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Anika Singh Lemar, Clinical Professor of Law at Yale and teaches the Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED), Bill Rice, Chair of Planning Commission, Eric Wellman, First Selectman and Sean Askham, Deputy First Selectman.

WATCH: Land Use and Zoning Legislation in CT General Assembly Impacting Local Communities Town Hall hosted by Senator Tony Hwang & Rep. Kimberly Fiorello

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 6:00PM – 7:15PM

PURPOSE: The purpose of this Town Hall is to educate and raise awareness of existing statutory language impacting local land use and zoning and explain the application and interpretation of CT General Statute CGS 8-2 (Local Zoning Authorities) and CGS 8-30g (Affordable Housing). Update current proposed statute changes in CT General Assembly to land use and zoning in the Planning and Development Committee. We will also explore and better understand the mission and goals of DeSegregate CT.

Senator Tony Hwang Town Hall on Land Use and Zoning Legislation

WHEN: December 2nd, 2020

Learn about the Pending Zoning Application in Woodbridge, which is recommending changes to the town’s POCD as well as text changes to their zoning regulations. This application if accepted will allow not only this 4-family development in single family zone but remove local P& Z oversight of all such future multifamily development in the town in favor of by right multifamily development in “Opportunity Zones.” Learn why this will have long term implications for all towns in CT, not just Woodbridge.

Affordable Housing: Challenges, Misconseptions and Suggestions Hands Off Our Zoning Webinar

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 6:00 PM

Are there better alternatives to the one size fits all State Mandated Draft Zoning proposals that take away local decision making? Why should towns trust Harford Bureaucrats to be accountable and make better decisions than town leaders that are directly accountable to their communities? Why is it challenging to create affordable housing in communities where land cost is much higher? What can and is being done to create more affordable housing especially in towns with higher land cost? #HandsOffOurZoning #suburbansprawl #stopoverdevelopment #keepitlocal

Draft Zoning Legislation

Why local control of zoning is best

Premises of the draft zoning bills

Affordable Housing: Challenges, Misconceptions & Suggestions

What is the actual cost of developing affordable housing?