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Rep. Frey Honors Troop 19, CT Scouting

Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin


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Rep. John Frey was proud to join Ridgefield’s Scout Troop 19, and other Scout Troops,  during the 2018 Boy Scouts of America Report to the State at the Capitol last Friday. More than 150 Scouts, their parents, Scout leaders and elected officials packed the Hall of the House to hear the report and to join together for a meet and greet. Scouts from all five Connecticut Boy Scout councils visited the Capitol.

Troop 19 is Ridgefield’s first BSA all girl troop and their Troop number comes from the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote.  They are an outdoors-oriented troop and plan to camp at least once a month during the school year, as well as going backpacking, rappelling, taking bike trips and  whatever other activities the scouts want to do.

Boy Scout Day at the Capitol celebrated the new Co-Educational Scouting program in Connecticut that welcomed its first girls into the Boy Scouts program. The girls at this unique Court of Honor Ceremony also received their Scout badge.

 

 

Rep. Frey Proposes Legislation to Protect Areas From Overdevelopment

Posted on February 1, 2019 by admin


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In an effort to protect local water resources and reduce overdevelopment throughout the state, State Representative John Frey (R-111) proposed two pieces of legislation to limit the density of certain housing development in watershed areas, and to exempt municipalities that meet certain requirements from the affordable housing appeals process.

Proposed Bill 5710 – An Act Concerning Density Requirements for Certain Affordable Housing Developments – would amend current law to require affordable housing developments with land in watershed areas have “not more than one dwelling unit per two acres.”

“Our natural resources are under constant pressure from overuse and real estate encroachment and this legislation would help protect the more sensitive areas of Ridgefield, and Connecticut, from over-development,” Rep. Frey said. “Reducing housing density to levels lower than previously allowed strikes a balance between our need for affordable housing in the state and preserving the nature and resources that make Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.  We must be careful not to squander or destroy the bucolic areas of our state.”

Proposed Bill 6893 – An Act Concerning Exemptions From and Moratoriums On the Applicability of the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure – would exempt municipalities in which at least eight per cent of the dwellings are assisted housing, currently financed by Connecticut Housing Finance Authority mortgages, subject to binding recorded deeds containing certain covenants or restrictions or certain mobile manufactured homes, from the affordable housing land use appeals procedure. The bill would also increase the moratorium period on the applicability of the appeals procedure to five years, if certain conditions are met.

“Knowing that land is not unlimited and overdevelopment can stress town services, including school systems and budgets, I proposed extending the moratorium to allow local officials to better plan for the future of their towns. ” Rep. Frey said.

The affordable housing land use appeals procedure (Sec. 8-30g in statute) requires municipalities to defend their decisions to reject or to approve affordable housing development with costly conditions. The appeals process has been used by developers to leverage significant power over municipalities. Generally, developers can contest a municipality’s decision if fewer than 10% of the municipality’s housing units are affordable, based on statutory criteria, and the municipality has not qualified for a moratorium. A municipality is eligible for the moratorium if it shows it has added a certain number of affordable units over the applicable time frame.  Ridgefield’s moratorium expired recently.

The bill has been referred to the legislative Housing committee and is awaiting action.  The 2019 legislative session ends at midnight on Wednesday, June 5.

 

Rep. Frey sworn in; receives committee assignments

Posted on January 29, 2019 by admin


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From The Ridgefield Press

HARTFORD – State Representative John Frey (R-111) took the oath of office with the new General Assembly and Constitutional Officers at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 9th.    Representative Frey is the longest serving legislator from Ridgefield and the longest tenured Republican in Fairfield County.  Accompanying Rep. Frey were Ridgefield High School students Miles Tullo and Alec Pool, who will be doing their senior internships later this spring at the State Capitol.

In addition, Rep. Frey was appointed to serve on the legislature’s House Committee, Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, Banking Committee, Housing Committee and Legislative Management Committee on Tuesday, December 18th. In addition to these assignments, Rep. Frey will continue in his role as a Senior Whip for the House Minority Caucus.

The new assignments took effect on January 9th at the start of the new legislative term.

“I’m honored to continue serving on the Finance, Banking and Legislative Management committees and I look forward to my new role on the Housing Committee,” said Rep. Frey. “I served previously for two terms on this committee, and after a term away I asked to be reassigned to this committee” Frey said.   “This appointment is especially important for our community, serving on the Housing Committee as our 8-30g affordable housing moratorium expired and I see this type of development a potential threat to Ridgefield and other municipalities.  I will make sure that Ridgefield has a voice on issues surrounding development and affordable housing programs and plan on introducing several bills pertaining to limiting this type of development.”

Rep. Frey will also continue to serve on the influential Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee which is primarily responsible for taxation, capital bonding, tolls and fees. The committee also has cognizance over all matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Division of Special Revenue.

Additionally, Rep. Frey will serve on the Banking Committee which oversees all matters relating to the Department of Banking, and banks, savings banks, bank and trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, the supervision of the sale of securities, fraternal benefit societies and secured and unsecured lending.

The legislative session adjourns on June 5th.