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Connecticut lawmakers override housing bill veto

The state House and Senate overturned Governor Dannel Malloy's veto of changes to affordable housing statutes.  Brookfield officials previously said that their zoning board's hands are tied by the regulations. 

 

In his veto message, Malloy said some portion of police, firefighters and teachers should be able to live in every community they work for. Malloy says Brookfield found a way to meet the requirement, Darien and New Canaan have found ways to make progress.

 

The resurrected legislation essentially revamps the nearly 30-year-old law to make it easier for municipalities to reach a threshold of having at least 10 percent of their housing considered affordable, by expanding the unit types that count toward the threshold.

 

During the regular legislative session, the bill garnered wide, bipartisan support.  Proponents argued that "predatory developers" are misusing the law to skirt local zoning authorities in certain communities. They also maintain the vetoed bill would ultimately lead to more affordable housing opportunities once cities and towns have more control over affordable housing projects.

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