P&Z passes new amendments on inclusionary zoning
Published 5:36 pm, Thursday, November 11, 2010
Westport's Planning & Zoning Commission passed two new amendments on inclusionary zoning at a work session on Nov. 1.
The text amendments on inclusionary zoning as adopted include requirements for inclusionary zoning for multi-family developments on commercially zoned properties by special permit. Properties that are spilt between commercial and residential zones will have an additional requirement for rezoning of such properties to a newly proposed inclusionary housing overlay. The properties affected are generally along the commercial corridors within Westport, especially the Post Road
Inclusionary zoning is defined in the Connecticut General Statute (CGS) Section 8-2i as --¦[regulations] which promote the development of housing for persons and families of low and moderate income."
P&Z Vice Chairman Eleanor Lowenstein said: "This is a historic moment for the town of Westport. Our subcommittee has been working for over three years to provide the town with a workable regulation that will insure the creation of inclusionary housing when multifamily development is proposed while also providing incentives to property owners who help the town achieve this important goal."
These regulations take effect on Dec. 3. Copies of the adopted text will be available on the town's website or at the P&Z offices in Town Hall.