Town officials say they’re planning next week to file an application with the state to secure four years of relief from a widely discussed statute that opens the door to more affordable housing developments in New Canaan. The town’s voluminous Application for State Certificate of Affordable Housing Completion is expected to go to the Connecticut Department of Housing April 28, according to Tucker Murphy, administrative officer in the first selectman’s office. The application has been in the Town Clerk’s office for public view since April 7, Murphy said during Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. “It has to sit there for 20 days for the public to be able to come in and review it,” Murphy said during the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “On April 28th it will then be submitted to the state, providing there’s no petition or anything filed from any residents.”
She spoke in response to Selectman Kathleen Corbet, who raised questions about the timing of the application as the Board approved legal fees incurred by the town that are related to an application for an affordable housing complex at Weed and Elm Streets.