Housing Choice and Affordability: Unlocking Opportunity

APA Connecticut Chapter


Thursday, March 31, 2016
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT

Hartford, CT, United States

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Demographic trends indicate more housing options are needed if Connecticut’s town are to remain healthy and vibrant. Increasingly, high-resource municipalities are proactively evaluating their housing choices and enacting new zoning to provide the multi-family, mixed-income housing that the market is demanding. But many other towns have been slow to revisit past housing policies that are now outdated and unworkable. How can towns invite the development that’s needed to ready their communities for the next generation?

Speakers will share:

-  The past housing-policy errors that must be overcome.

-  How a lack of housing choice affects children, their families, and town fiscal health and economic growth.

-  Examples of how mixed-income housing is helping a variety of communities position themselves for success in the 21st Century.

 Learning Objectives for Planners will include:

 -  Gaining an uderstanding of the historical underpinnings that led to housing segregation and deeply concentrated urban poverty,

-  Lessons from municipal leaders on ways to promote affordable housing as an economic driver in their communities and how to overcome challenges, and

 -  Lessons learned from other communities that have enacted zoning that incentivizes mixed-income housing




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Christine Nelson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Christine Nelson is the Town Planner for the Town of Old Saybrook, heading the Land Use Department, which staffs many of the Town’s land use agencies, including Aquifer Protection, Architectural Review, Conservation, Historic District, Inland Wetlands & Watercourses, Planning, Zoning, and Appeals. Christine received a bachelor's degree in business ... Read More