Two Bethel affordable housing plans to face public
BETHEL — Two controversial affordable housing proposals will go before a public hearing on Monday evening.
One plan calls for building 11 apartments on Good Hill Road, while the other proposes constructing a four-building, nine-unit development on Shelley Road. The same resident applied for both proposals through the state statute 8-30g, which allows developers to bypass local zoning laws, with some exceptions, if they promise to build a certain percentage of affordable housing.
The Inland Wetlands Commission, which is holding the public hearing, has previously rejected both plans, but the developer has re-applied. He also sued the town in July for denying the Shelley Road plan.
The Good Hill Road proposal drew strong opposition from residents, who have said the building does not fit the character of their neighborhood.
Developer Tim Draper has said he wants to provide housing for people who otherwise could not afford to live in Bethel.
The Inland Wetlands Commission will hold the meeting at 7 p.m in the General Purpose Room of the municipal center.