CT bill would offer distressed municipality funds to towns that build near public transit

CTMIRROR | Ginny Monk

A proposal before the Planning and Development Committee to encourage more development near public transit hubs shows what some lawmakers and town officials mean when they say they want incentive-based approaches to zoning.

Much of the discussion around zoning reform in Connecticut has centered around whether to take a “carrot” approach, using incentives, or a “stick” approach, using mandates. Housing experts have long said that zoning reform is needed in Connecticut because it’s hard to build multi-family housing in much of the state due to local zoning restrictions.

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