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Cover_-_Zoning_for_Equity_FINAL.jpgOpen Communities Alliance assessed the planning and zoning practices of 12 towns that have low levels of affordable housing relative to both the regional need for such housing and to the affordable housing supplies of other municipalities, and that have less diversity compared to the state as a whole. Future volumes analyzing the planning and zoning practices of other towns are planned for the coming years. Learn more!


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In The News

A lack of land for multi-family homes, limited infrastructure and local zoning restrictions are among the challenges faced in increasing towns’ affordable housing supply, according to a new report from Open Communities Alliance. “The easier you make it, the less it’s going to cost and the more you’re probably going...

Facing pressure to allow more than just expensive single-family homes to be built in Woodbridge, local zoning officials voted Monday to allow multi-family housing to be built on a sliver of land — provided such projects are first vetted through public hearing and subject to approval from the local Planning...

Worth Reading

The Biden White House has been publicizing America’s new Juneteenth federal holiday, celebrating the end of Black slavery and the ongoing struggle for real Black independence and equality. One of the White House’s announcements may have puzzled some people: “Exclusionary Zoning: Its Effect on Racial Discrimination in the Housing Market.”...

“We kind of held the place together for a long time with duct tape and bubble gum,” said Doug Denes, who served on the board of the Branford Housing Authority for more than two decades, including as chairman, until 2019. Attempts over the past nine years to raze and replace...

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