A Danbury resident says modular homes could provide an answer.
The Legislature and Governor are well aware that there is a need for affordable multifamily housing in Connecticut. During this year’s legislative session, the enormous hours spent debating this thorny issue unfortunately did not yield any significant solutions other than some insufficient funds allocated for new construction.
There is too much reliance on long-standing state law 8-30g to find effective ways to solve the problem one way or another. This law is a cudgel to force municipalities to allow affordable multifamily housing. Cities hate it. Builders/developers don’t like it either, because the 30% of units that have to be tied up with deeds to ensure reasonable rates or rent is at best a break-even or most likely a loss for them. However, if using 8-30 grams is the only way they can get a building permit due to the city’s land use restrictions, they will use it to its fullest extent.