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An ad hoc committee has been created in New Fairfield to look into affordable housing opportunities.  The group was formed by the Board of Selectmen at the request of the Commission on Aging.  Chair Anita Brown says the committee would come up with a plan based on recommendations outlined in the state Department of Housing and Regional Plan Association’s Affordable Housing Plan/Process Guidebook.  Recommendations on how to move forward include evaluating local land use and zoning regulations to identify barriers to affordable housing development and community engagement.  Brown says they want to help seniors be able to age in place, but also younger people move out of their parent's homes but remain in New Fairfield.  Affordable housing projects proposed over the years have faced strong opposition from residents and weren't acted on.  

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