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Letter: Affordable-housing law is dismal

Published 10:31 am, Friday, August 29, 2014
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Last week's forum on affordable housing at Pequot Library was quite informative and enlightening. An explanation of state Statute 8-30g painted a dismal picture of what Fairfield faces in its attempt to meet the requirement that 10 percent of its housing stock be afforable.

State Reps. Brenda Kupchick, R-132nd District, and Tony Hwang, R-134th District, were precise and pragmatic in their overview of Fairfield's limited flexibility to comply.

Our elected planning and zoning officials can no longer represent Fairfield residents because they will be overruled by Hartford's solution to our limited housing stock. Upon reflection, it struck me as over-reaching, official incoherence.

Where are Fairfield's and its residents' interests in quality of life being met? It has been shown that the recent plan presented by developers and already implemented development will exacerbate unanticipated consequences economically and socially. Traffic, congestion and increased municipal infrastructure costs will result.

Fairfield is a terrific community. Let's be cautious before we spoil the recipe. Hartford's cooking from a distance could ruin the mix.

David Thornton

Fairfield