I am disappointed to hear the wild doomsday predictions and mischaracterizations from some of our Greenwich elected officials regarding Connecticut Senate Bill 1024 (specifically First Selectman Fred Camillo, Rep. Kimberly Fiorello, and Rep. Harry Arora).
This bill, which addresses our statewide housing and affordability crisis, will not upend our town’s character. Rather, it will nudge Greenwich to do what we claim in our own Plan of Conservation and Development (“POCD”) that we want to do: offer more diverse and affordable housing. In fact, this bill will nudge Greenwich back toward the policies that it used to embrace and that created our vibrant town. It will allow people like my older friends, who have lived in Greenwich for decades, to downsize and still stay in town. It will allow my adult kids to think about returning to live in their hometown. The common-sense policies in the bill would enhance property values, protect the environment, make Connecticut towns competitive with other forward-looking towns, bring vibrancy to our downtown, and bring new tax-paying residents.