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By state law, specifically Connecticut General Statutes Section 8-30j, all Connecticut municipalities must prepare and adopt an affordable housing plan by June 1, 2022, and every five years thereafter. The following is a link to Chapter 126a of the General Statutes, which includes Section 8-30j:

https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_126a.htm 

Chapter 126a also includes Section 8-30g which contains the affordable housing land use appeals procedure. To be exempt from the procedure, ten percent (10%) of all dwelling units in a municipality must meet the requirements identified in Section 8-30g(k). Currently, 9.24% of Berlin’s housing stock is deemed affordable.  See the 2020 Affordable Housing Appeals List at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DOH/2020-Affordable-Housing-Appeals-List.pdf.

 

The Berlin Town Council appointed an Affordable Housing Plan Advisory Committee to assist the Council in preparation of the 2022-27 Berlin Affordable Housing Plan. Community input is crucial to the process of developing the Town’s Plan.

To obtain direct input, a Housing Plan Survey has been prepared and distributed. Please complete the Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BerlinAHP.

The Survey will be open from January 10, 2022 through January 31, 2022. Paper copies of the Survey are available at the Town Hall, Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, and the Senior Center and can be obtained by calling the Town Manager’s Office at (860) 828-7003. Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) who wish to access language assistance services provided by the Town in order to complete the Housing Plan Survey, should contact Christi Sullivan, Administrative Assistant to the Town Manager, at (860) 828-7003 or csullivan@berlinct.gov. By completing the Survey, you will help the Town to identify and understand the shared housing needs and desires of Berlin residents’ and non-residents interested in moving to Berlin, and ultimately, you will support the Town Council in establishing appropriate housing goals for our Town and in implementing a plan to meet those goals. 

 

Residents and other interested persons can also attend Committee meetings and provide their comments on housing matters and are encouraged to do so. Meeting agendas and minutes are available through the links below. Anticipated upcoming meeting dates include:  January 19th and 26th, February 2nd and 23rd, and March 2nd and 16th. All Committee meetings begin at 6:00 PM and are held in person at Town Hall and remotely via Zoom videoconference and dial in conference call options unless otherwise noticed. 

 

To assist the municipalities with preparation of their respective plans, the Connecticut Department of Housing and Regional Plan Association issued an “Affordable Housing Plan and Process Guidebook” (see link below), which contains suggested content for an affordable housing plan.

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DOH/AHPP-Guidebook_RPA_120120.pdf 

Before the Town Council takes any action, the draft Affordable Housing Plan will be shared on the Town website and a public hearing will be held before the Council. Comments for the Committee and the Council can also be submitted via email to housingplan@berlinct.gov.

 

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