A public hearing is being held in Hartford Tuesday about proposed modifications to the 8-30g affordable housing statutes.
Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn says the 6-story Renaissance development proposal doesn't fit with the character of Brookfield and it doesn't fit with the plan of development for the Four Corners.
Dunn says they are applying for a moratorium on affordable housing. He notes that an application started 20 years ago allowing the town to have some control over these types of buildings was never finished and should have been. He says they are working to finish that now. Dunn adds that the town wants to building, but that developers have to work with the town to build structures that residents will be proud of.
Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Andrew Ellis says the proposed development would put his members at risks they're not trained for. Last year, the volunteer department responded to over 700 fire incidents.
He says this proposed development will tax their resources and could put them out of business. Ellis says he's going to have a hard time asking his members to train to hang off a rope on the side of 6-story building in an emergency, all for no pay. Ellis says the Department is very good and the members are brave, but that's asking a bit much.
Ellis says the Volunteer Fire Department is not equipped or trained for this type of development.
Residents who can't make it to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday for the 1pm hearing can submit written testimony to the Housing Committee. The comments can be sent via the HSGtestimony@cga.ct.gov email address for the committee.