Opinion: Reform Stamford’s anti-household coalition
The Stamford Reform Coalition, led by House Majority Leader Rep. Nina Sherwood, is trying to consolidate authority over the city’s appointed zoning and planning boards through the 2023 charter review process. The Reform Coalition’s main motivation was the feeling that we built too much housing Even though we live in the midst of a severe housing shortage. The Reform Alliance’s primary goal is to create fear and division between existing residents and newcomers to consolidate power and build a wall of exclusion around the city through its zoning laws.
This point was made in refreshingly frank terms by City Rep. Sean Boeger, who said at a recent meeting about the city’s Market Rate (BMR) program that he doesn’t think his constituents want new housing and that he’s not interested in people who want to live here but don’t currently. in the city. Rep. Boeger’s comments strike at the heart of the matter: reform is about exclusion.