Public Input Sought on Draft Affordable Housing Plan

The Affordable Housing Committee will hold another public information session on March 28 to get input from town residents on its draft affordable housing plan. The session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Samuel Staples Elementary School and virtually via Facebook live.

Public input is sought for draft of affordable housing plan.– Photo by Sophie Camizzi

Connecticut municipalities are mandated by state law to have an affordable housing plan in place by June 2022. Easton’s draft plan, which can be found on the town’s website or by clicking here, was crafted by the Affordable Housing Committee aided by a consultant over several months, as well as input by Easton residents who participated in community forums about affordable housing.

According to the draft plan, the goal of the committee “is to increase the number of affordable housing units in Easton while protecting environmental resources and preserving water quality for the region.”

The draft plan outlines several potential strategies to add 10 to 20 affordable housing units in Easton by 2027. The town currently has 18 state-recognized affordable housing units, but some of the units are scheduled to expire in the 5-year term of the Affordable Housing Plan (2022 to 2027).

Some of the possible strategies include repurposing a portion of the old Samuel Staples Elementary School for housing, setting aside a small area of the town-owned South Park property for housing, modifying zoning regulations to allow smaller lots for affordable units, and offering CHFA mortgages to buyers.

Input and feedback can also be emailed to the address AHC@eastonct.gov by March 29. Detailed information about the public information session can be accessed on the town’s website here.

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