The Intersection of Affordable Housing and Land Use

By: Savannah-Nicole Villalba, AICP, AZT, Community Planning Director, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

On Wednesday, February 7th, I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Partnership for Strong Communities to host a conversation on the Intersection of Affordable Housing and Land Use.

The goal of our session was to help attendees better understand how to advance housing goals in land use through sustained engagement with their land use commissions. During the hour, we explored how to identify when your community’s land use commissions were meeting, understanding the content of the meeting, and how to participate meaningfully in the public process.

When we better understand how to participate in systems of governance, we are better able to advance impactful change, particularly as it relates to increasing the stock of available, affordable housing in Connecticut. Sustained involvement at the local level can shape a community’s affordable housing decisions. Our conversation ended by calling on attendees to consider:

  • Joining a local land use board or commission,
  • Staying informed about your land use commission’s meeting and actions, and
  • Providing public comment on applications.

If you want to learn more, there were a wealth of resources linked at the end of my presentation. You can access all presentation slides and linked resources by clicking here.

Additionally, click here to check out the recording of this event. If you’d like to connect or have any questions, you can reach me at

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