Affordable housing in Bethel to be discussed
BETHEL — A roundtable on affordable housing will be held next week in response to concerns from residents over developments.
The discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the municipal center. Panelists will discuss housing in Bethel and the state statute 8-30g, which allows developers to bypass local zoning laws if they promise to make a percentage of their housing affordable.
Panelists are: State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan, D-Bethel, First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, Seila Mosquera-Bruno, housing commissioner, Mike Santoro, community development specialist, Pat Rist, chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Beth Cavagna, town planner.
A handful of affordable housing projects have been proposed, approved or built in Bethel in recent years, sparking opposition from some residents.
In a letter to residents, Allie-Brennan said he organized the roundtable to address these concerns.
“It's important that we come together to discuss what we can do both at the local level and in Hartford to ensure those who are tasked with building housing for the next generation are doing so with affordability, quality and local interests at the forefront of their minds,” he wrote.