UPDATE: Item was sent back to committee for further review and possible edits. It was apparently placed on full council agenda prematurely.
The City Council Monday night will vote to adopt the city’s proposed Affordable Housing Plan submitted by the office of economic development.
The state is requiring each of Connecticut’s 169 communities to adopt a plan with the goal of reaching 10 percent affordable. The state legislature is grappling with how to enforce the requirement. Carrot or stick?
Many rural and suburban legislators don’t want to intrude upon the character of large-acre zoning. Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest community by population with roughly 148,000, has absorbed the regional housing metrics.
Bridgeport sits at roughly 21 percent classified as affordable, far and away the most in Connecticut’s largest and most affluence Fairfield County. Most of Bridgeport’s suburban neighbors rest at single digits, according to the state’s measurement of what counts as affordable housing.
Government subsidies such as tax incentives are built into the plan to entice developers who say there’s no money to be made without abatements.
Affordable housing, as an issue, has seeped into this year’s mayoral election cycle so Mayor Joe Ganim’s three presumed September primary opponents John Gomes, Lamond Daniels and Marilyn Moore will certainly weight in on this plan.
Moore is Senate chair of housing and had hoped to come away this past legislative session with something concrete to share with city voters on a tangible state plan requiring suburbs to do their share. Moore was forced to punt following strong pushback from suburban colleagues who don’t want this shoved down their constituents throats.
For now it’s languishing in study mode.
See the full agenda and backup information for each item here
Scroll to end of document to read the full housing plan submitted to the council. Excerpt from plan follows: