Posted on July 24, 2017 by Michael Downes
Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) voted in favor of overriding the veto of Governor Dannel P. Malloy of affordable housing reform legislation aimed at easing the ability of Shelton and other similar communities statewide to achieve a moratorium on certain affordable housing requirements under the state’s 8-30g statutory requirements.
The legislation, HB 6880, passed both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly during the regular 2017 session, but was vetoed by Malloy earlier this month. In both chambers the override squeaked by with the minimum votes possible; 101-47 votes in the House and 24-12 in the Senate.
“This new law is aimed directly at preventing predatory developers who propose projects that would never be approved by local land use boards, intent on circumventing those boards,” said Rep. Perillo. “This measure represents the bipartisan work many legislators from diverse communities who recognize that the outdated way of doing this hasn’t served any of us well. It is high time we restore this important level of self-determination to our towns.”
Currently, each municipality is required to have 10% of its housing stock designated as “affordable” and current law allows developers to submit projects under the statute. If a municipality does not meet the requirements of the statute, the burden is on the municipality during the appeals process to prove the denial was for a health or safety concern.
Under the measure passed today it will be easier for a municipality like Shelton to gain an exemption, and to combat predatory developers aiming to exploit provisions of the affordable housing statutes that allow them to circumvent local planning and zoning authorities, while promoting the proper creation of affordable housing.