Darien awarded second affordable housing moratorium
Updated 12:42 pm, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
DARIEN — The Town has earned its second four-year affordable housing moratorium.
“The Town of Darien continues its strong commitment to efforts to provide affordable housing, within the Town,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said in the release.
Darien learned on Sept. 30 the four-year moratorium, according to state 8-30g laws, will go into effect on Oct. 16 and last through 2020.
According to state 8-30g, all municipalities are required to be actively working toward making 10 percent of all housing affordable. Municipalities not making efforts deemed sufficient by the state may then be subject to the wishes of developers who, as long as they plan to provide affordable units, are permitted to skirt town building regulations.
The town’s first moratorium was granted in 2010, after the construction of affordable units at AvalonBay Communities and Clock Hill Homes, making them only the third municipality in the state, after Berlin and Trumbull, to achieve a moratorium. The first moratorium expired in 2014.
Since that time, additional units have been built at The Heights at Darien, 269 Hoyt St., which qualified the town for another four year moratorium, requested on Aug. 3.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the Town of Darien for continuing to address the affordable housing needs in your community,” Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing wrote in a Sept. 30 letter announcing the moratorium address to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.
Darien has another affordable housing project in the works and more on the horizon.
“In the meantime, additional units will be coming on-line shortly with the near completion of the Leroy-West project. This will create five new deed-restricted units. After that, the Town expects the reconstruction of Old Town Hall Homes to occur, which will further expand housing opportunities within our community.”