Outspoken housing advocate Dave Goldenberg has been appointed to the town\u2019s reactivated Affordable Housing Committee.\u201cYou can\u2019t look at housing in isolation,\u201d Goldenberg said in a Feb. 6 interview with the Board of Selectmen. \u201cYou have to look at it in the context of the town.\u201dGoldenberg served on a study group that preceded the formation of the the Affordable Housing Committee in 1997, and was its chairman from 2000 until the committee became dormant in 2014.During its active years, the committee undertook numerous projects: working with the Planning and Zoning Commission on a more user-friendly accessory apartment regulation; helping found Sunrise Cottage to provide housing for people with disabilities; writing the town\u2019s first comprehensive affordable housing plan, called The Home Front; organizing a town-wide affordable housing summit; launching a regional housing advocates network.In 2014, the committee\u2019s entire membership resigned, protesting the selectmen\u2019s decision to sell off 10 acres of multifamily-zoned Schlumberger land for a market-rate project \u2014 now 77 Sunset Lane \u2014 without any plan for an affordable initiative on the 45-acre property.\u00a0The committee remained empty for four years but it was never officially disbanded \u2014 continuing to exist on paper.Last year, Goldenberg was active in an initiative to restart the committee. The selectmen bought into the idea, and several members were appointed in January, with Goldenberg added at the selectmen\u2019s Feb. 6 meeting.\u00a0Although the committee will likely have no authority over private developers\u2019 building projects under the state\u2019s zone-busting 8-30g affordable housing law, the consensus in discussion the night of Goldenberg\u2019s reappointment was that the state law would continue to have a powerful grip on the public\u2019s attitude toward affordable housing.Goldenberg envisions the committee undertaking a survey of housing needs, and using that information to help create an affordable housing plan for the town.\u201cUnder a law passed years ago we\u2019re required to have an affordable housing plan, and update it every five years,\u201d Goldenberg told the selectmen. \u201cThat\u2019s something this committee could do.\u201dGoldenberg was direct about his commitment to broadening housing opportunity in town.\u201cThere\u2019s clearly need, and doing the survey will help us pinpoint it,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s still a three- to five-year waiting list for Ballard Green. When 8-30g units come on, they\u2019re snapped up right away.\u201dAmong the committee\u2019s challenges will be getting the townspeople to look at affordable housing \u2014 and the need for it \u2014 outside the contest of 8-30g projects.\u201cThe most important part of it is really public education,\u201d Goldenberg said.\u201cIt\u2019s not going to be easy,\u201d said Selectman Steve Zemo.\u201cThe NIMBYs will scream the loudest,\u201d added First Selectman Rudy Marconi.