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Oxford Wants Public to Hear About Changes to Affordable Housing Regulations

A new, state of the art high school, major industrial development, infrastructure improvements, a golf course, demanding airport and numerous recreational parks have made the town an attractive development option.

 

The following comes from Oxford Zoning Enforcement Officer Anna Rycenga:

OXFORD - The Planning & Zoning Commission of the Town of Oxford will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Main Public Meeting Room of the S.B. Church Memorial Town Hall, 486 Oxford Road. The purpose of the public hearing is for the Proposed Text Amendments to the Oxford Planning & Zoning Regulations – Article 10, Section 9 Affordable Housing Applications.

The text amendments are being considered by the Planning & Commission at this meeting and at this time interested persons may be heard and written communications received.  A copy of the proposed text amendments are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.

The proposal would create a new “Article 10, Section 9 Affordable Housing Applications” under Article 10 – Special Exceptions.  The proposed new section would allow affordable housing, as a special exception use, in the Residence A, Commercial, Route 67 Office Professional, and Oxford Center Districts.

The Town of Oxford is a small, historically rural town that has in recent years experienced rapid growth. The Town has a number of large, undeveloped parcels of land which are attractive for higher density residential development. A new, state of the art high school, major industrial development, infrastructure improvements, a golf course, demanding airport, and numerous recreational parks have made the Town an attractive development option.

Despite the recent residential development activity, the 2011 Affordable Housing Appeals List promulgated by the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, shows that the Town has 4,746 total housing units, of which just 45, or 0.95 percent, are considered "affordable" under the criteria of General Statutes § 8-30g.

The Planning & Zoning Commission hereby recognizes that there is a need to increase affordable housing in the Town, to provide housing for our senior and workforce populations, and housing that is attractive to and affordable by young adults. However, it is important that all housing, including affordable housing, be developed in a manner which is consistent with the character and history of the Town, and is guided in a manner which is beneficial to all residents of the Town.  Accordingly, the Planning & Zoning Commission is considering the proposed text amendments.  

Joe Blow November 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
First, I think people need to educate themselves to what the term "affordable housing" means. You can't stop it as was just seen by dumping a trailer park in the industrial zone which is prime land to derive a tax base. What you can do is regulate it so you may mold it to something that will be desirable to the Town of Oxford. Take your head out of the sand.
Bill Johnson November 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It would be nice if people educated themselves about CT State Statute 8-30g and Affordable Housing. Hundreds of hours have gone into our "new" draft regulations for Affordable Housing, how about attending our meeting on December 4th with a open mind and participate in the outcome! Bill Johnson Chairman Oxford P&Z
Paul Singley November 30, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I just added a draft of the proposed regulations to the site as a PDF. Thanks
Tanya Carver December 01, 2012 at 03:05 AM
To Oxford Residents: This is your opportunity to get involved and have your voice be heard. Hope to see you on Tuesday! Tanya

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