Ridgefield's Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve a \u2018mixed use overlay zone\u2019 aimed at enticing potential developers away from the state\u2019s 8-30g affordable housing law at its meeting\u00a0Tuesday, Jan. 2. Under the state's affordable housing regulation, a developer can supplant local zoning restrictions on height, density, and lot coverage, so long as the developer agrees to set aside 30% of the available housing units as designated affordable housing.\u00a0 The commission voted 8-0 in favor of the overlay zone, with commissioner Tim Dunphy abstaining due to an absence at the commission\u2019s last hearing in December. At that December hearing \u2014 the second of three hearings for the mixed-use zone, the commission voted not to include a provision for affordable housing at 60% of the state median income level, something the state\u2019s 8-30g law requires developers to include in the designated affordable housing units. Doing so would further incentivize developers to stay within the town\u2019s zoning regulations, commissioners argued, rather than turning to 8-30g. Assistant Planner Adam Schnell, who developed the plan over the course of more than 18 months on the commission\u2019s behalf, said that the only modification he\u2019d made from the plan\u2019s last public hearing was that \u201cwhen calculating the number of affordable housing units to be set aside fractions shall be rounded up to the next whole number.\u201d Schnell said seeing the project come to a close was \u201cbittersweet.\u201d Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said the process had been made better for his contributions. \u201cAdam, thank you for all your hard work with all this,\u201d she said. The town's four-year moratorium on 8-30g applications expires in October. The new regulation goes into affect Friday, Jan. 12.