[Note: This article has been updated with the town’s response, below.]
New Canaan’s application for four years of relief from a widely discussed affordable housing law has been denied, documents show. In a letter to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan dated Oct. 18, Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno said that the agency’s staff “has reviewed the application and comments received and determined that the Town of New Canaan’s application does not meet the requirements for the issuance of a Certificate of Affordable Housing Project Completion as submitted.”
Moynihan could not immediately be reached for comment. The town’s failure to secure the Certificate—or four-year “moratorium” from the widely discussed state law known by its statute number, 8-30g—means that New Canaan remains vulnerable to additional applications for affordable housing projects. Under the law, in towns where less than 10% of all housing stock qualifies as affordable (New Canaan is at 2.94%), developers who propose projects where a certain number of units are set aside to rent at affordable rates may appeal to the state after a local Planning & Zoning Commission denies their applications.
New Canaan since its last moratorium lapsed in July 2021 has received three such applications, at Weed and Elm Streets (120 units), Main Street (20 units) and Hill Street (93 units).