Former Darien First Selectmen nominated to Department of Housing...2013 NYTIMES busing retro reports.

East Lyme Zoning Commission denies affordable housing plan
By Kimberly Drelich Day Staff Writer
Article published Jun 12, 2013

East Lyme - The Zoning Commission has unanimously voted to deny a revised application to build an affordable housing development in a light-industrial zone by Capital Drive and West Main Street in Niantic.

JAG Capital Drive LLC, the developer, had amended its application for the proposed "Rocky Neck Village" development after the commission denied the original proposal in March. The new application called for 60 units - nine fewer units than the original - and provided additional landscaping and buffer zones.

In a resolution approved at last Thursday's zoning meeting, the commission cited an exemption under state law for affordable housing applications in industrial zones in which residential uses are not allowed.

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How's that again?
In Fairfield, the full-time director of the housing authority is paid $75.000;  Westport pays $55,000 for part-time director of the housing authority - the same person, too, according to the Westport NEWS.  Really!  There must be more to this story, such as it is a mistake?

Malloy chooses former Darien official to oversee state's affordable housing efforts
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, CT MIRROR
February 14, 2013

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today nominated the former first selectman of one of the nation's wealthiest communities to oversee a new state agency dedicated to increasing Connecticut's stock of affordable housing.

Evonne M. Klein, who was the Darien's Democratic first selectman from 2003 to 2009, is governor's choice to lead the state Department of Housing, an agency authorized by the legislature last year at his request.

"Affordable housing is integral to driving economic development and growing jobs in our state," Malloy said.

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In pictures, above, and in a table, below.

Judge dismisses lawsuit in Little League retribution case
Greenwich TIME
Updated 5:35 pm, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Connecticut father who said a baseball Little League demoted his 9-year-old son to a lower-level team because of the father's plans to build affordable housing next to a former league official's home.

U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden in Bridgeport threw out the lawsuit Monday, saying Christopher Stefanoni didn't prove any allegations in the lawsuit he filed in 2013 against the Darien Little League and its officials. Lawyers for the league called the lawsuit "baseless."

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Darien Times

Affordable Housing Anywhere In Darien?
by Susan Shultz
August 11, 2011

Potential affordable housing developers Chris and Margaret Stefanoni have proposed another affordable housing project for the town of Darien. The location? Anywhere.
Last week, the couple proposed a change to the town's zoning regulations that would add an "affordable housing floating zone."

The couple specifically includes their property at 149 Nearwater Lane as one of the potential locations for use of this affordable housing floating zone.

"This amendment to the zoning regulations gives every property owner in the town of Darien the right and opportunity to develop their property with affordable housing pursuant to C.G.S. Section 8-30g," the couple wrote in the introduction.

P&Z Commission Chairman Fred Conze told The Darien Times that "all of the applications filed by these applicants speak for themselves."

State statute 8-30g allows developers to overstep local zoning laws in towns such as Darien that do not have 10% of its housing classified as affordable. A developer may get around zoning laws if a proposal includes affordable housing.

"The applicants believe that every property owner in Darien can actively participate and help make Darien a more inclusive place to live by developing affordable housing on their own properties," the couple wrote.

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Old Saybrook Residents Approve Affordable-Housing Plans
Hartford Courant

11:19 PM EST, February 11, 2010


The town is getting its first affordable-housing development for families.

At a town meeting Thursday night, residents unanimously approved a lease agreement between the town and HOPE Partnership, a local nonprofit seeking to build 16 units of affordable housing on Ferry Road. The agreement allows HOPE Partnership to lease 5.6 acres of land for $1 per year for 75 years.

Although Old Saybrook already has affordable senior housing, it doesn't have affordable housing for all ages. The project has come together over the past few years with the help of town officials and the United Way, which has become HOPE Partnership's biggest donor. The goal of the development is to provide homes for families with ties to the community who can't afford to buy in town.

"We're looking to take care of people within our community who are in need," First Selectman Michael Pace said.

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AvalonBay suffers setback in Stratford fight
By Richard Weizel, Staff writer
Updated: 08/18/2009 11:09:53 AM EDT

STRATFORD -- AvalonBay Communities has often won approval to build affordable housing projects around the state despite strong opposition.

But it continues to find Stratford one of its toughest opponents.

In the latest twist in the developer's nine-year battle to construct an affordable housing complex on Cut Spring Road, a Superior Court judge has rejected AvalonBay's appeal to build a scaled-down 130-unit complex, agreeing with the town it would pose "major safety and public health risks because emergency access vehicles, such as fire trucks, would not make it under a Merritt Parkway underpass on Cut Spring Road" to the proposed site.

Also, in a precedent-setting 2007 decision, the state Supreme Court ruled the Town Council could participate in the proceedings as an intervenor -- allowing former Town Attorney Kevin Kelly to make verbal arguments that were ultimately used in the zoning panel's document detailing the commission's denial.

"This is a major victory for the town and zoning commission, which has held firm in its belief the project would pose a major threat to public health and safety," said Zoning Commission Chairman Christopher Silhavey, pointing out the panel rejected an original plan of 160 units back in 2001, and two revised proposals since.

"It was very important that the Supreme Court allowed the town to take part as an intervenor, a precedent-setting decision that helped us greatly because the arguments were presented  more like a courtroom case that allowed for greater depth of evidence," Silhavey said.

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Court rules in favor of AvalonBay apartments
Wilton Villager
September 14, 2007

WILTON — The state appellate court has upheld a developer's victory overriding Wilton's denial of 100 'luxury apartment' and affordable housing units on Danbury Road.

The appeals court upheld a Connecticut trial court's ruling that the Wilton Inland Wetlands Commission improperly denied a proposal by AvalonBay Communities Inc. that would consist of 30 percent affordable housing units on 10.6 acres at 116 Danbury Road. Wilton is currently below the statewide guideline for affordable housing of 10 percent.

"My clients now wants to work with the town," said Avalon's attorney, Timothy S. Hollister, a partner at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford. "This has been a long legal battle and it is time to put it aside."

The Wilton commission denied Avalon's proposal in 2003 when it determined there would be inadequate traffic gaps on Route 7 to move residents in and out of the complex; there was inadequate recreational space at the proposed development; and a bus stop for children on Wilton Acres would create an unsafe situation.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Wilton Villager website]

EDITOR'S NOTE: Good jobs bring us to work in lower Fairfield County; high house prices force many of us to commute from far away. In the Market, a three-day series, examines the sometimes harsh realities of buying a home in the area: how some struggle to find an affordable house; how others devote half their monthly incomes to mortgages; and how a few enter bidding wars on multimillion-dollar properties and pay cash when they win. -- Jim Zebora

Some devote half their income to house payments

By Peter Healy, Staff Writer Stamford ADVOCATE
September 9, 2004

Bankruptcy lawyer Elizabeth Austin was looking at condominiums in Stamford in February, intending to shorten her husband's commute to New York City, when she pulled up short of a purchase.

A real estate agent had given the couple hypothetical data that showed how a family with annual income of $120,000 might qualify for a $500,000 mortgage -- meaning, if the loan-to-value ratio was a typical 80 percent, they could afford a $625,000 home.

If you believe the old adage, "Buy as much house as you can afford," the decision is clear. But do the math, and the reality of what you can afford becomes a little bit murkier.

The monthly principal and interest payment on a hypothetical 30-year mortgage for the $625,000 home, carrying a 6 percent annual interest rate, would total $2,997.75, or just about 30 percent of the gross income.

Add in another $1,042 in real estate taxes per month on that Stamford house (at the city's average mill rate of 28.57), and at least $100 for homeowners insurance, and the tab would rise above $4,000 -- more than 40 percent of the hypothetical couple's gross income.

"When I saw the mortgage sheets, my jaw almost hit the floor," said Austin, who works for the Bridgeport office of the Pullman & Comley law firm. "We haven't seen the fallout from this yet. What will happen if the economy takes a dive? What happens if one or both spouses loses their job or gets sick?"

Austin said she and her husband have since given up looking for condos and decided to remain in their home in Trumbull.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Stamford ADVOCATE website]

Corporations help top execs put a roof over their heads

By Richard Lee, Assistant Business Editor, Stamford ADVOCATE
September 9, 2004

Subsidized housing means the projects.

Or does it?

Public company proxy statements, which reveal the earnings of top corporate executives, show that some of the best-paid people receive a little extra in their paychecks for taking up residence in this area.

Steven Tait, an executive vice president at Stamford-based Gartner Inc. until March 31, 2003, received $101,171 in relocation expenses after taking the job in June 2001. His 2002 salary was $300,000.

Former PanAmSat Corp. Chief Executive R. Douglas Kahn had a contract that paid him $120,500 for commuting and living expenses while the company was headquartered in Greenwich and he maintained his permanent residence in Boston. Kahn made $900,000 in salary and bonus in 1999.

Larry Zimmerman, vice president and chief financial officer of Stamford-based Xerox Corp., received $90,000 in 2002 to help pay for his relocation expenses, plus $800,000 in salary and bonuses, not including stock options.

Whether an executive is buying a home in rural New Canaan or renting an apartment in central Greenwich, housing assistance from the company means less pressure on the executive's wallet but probably some upward pressure on area prices, according to one housing economist.

"People are willing to pay more because they're subsidized to pay more," said Michael Carliner, an economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Stamford ADVOCATE website]

Affluent home buyers and high-end bidding make their way to Stamford

By Julie Fishman-Lapin, Staff Writer Stamford ADVOCATE
September 9, 2004

Nancy Hadden, a real estate agent with William Raveis International, says the high-end market has finally made its way to Stamford.

What convinced Hadden was her recent sale of a 12-room, five-bedroom, five-bath 6,700-square-foot house that was still under construction in the Westover section of the city. It sold for $2.2 million.

The new owners bought based on the blueprints, she said.

But it wasn't until Hadden sat down and pored over the statistics that she realized just how hot the high-end real estate market has become in Stamford.

Ten years ago, six houses costing more than $1 million were sold in Stamford. In 2003, 92 houses sold in that price range, she said.

In the $2 million range, which is the upper-end of the Stamford market, eight houses sold in 2003. So far this year, 10 multimillion-dollar homes have been sold, she said.

The high-end market has barely reached its peak, said Hadden, who works out of the William Raveis Stamford office. She specializes in working with builders, who she says are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for land, only to tear down the existing dwellings to put up a new multimillion-dollar dream houses.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Stamford ADVOCATE website]

`Affordable' Still Not Equal:   Housing Law Fails To Break Barriers In Affluent Towns
November 21, 2004
By MIKE SWIFT, Courant Staff Writer

Seven years after the fact, Walter A. Twachtman is still angry.

The lawyer remembers the bitter hearings when he represented a developer who wanted to build 159 apartments for renters earning $35,000 or less near the center of Glastonbury, and the residents who decried the harm "those people" would bring to the town.

A court ruling under the state's affordable housing appeals law ordered Glastonbury to reverse its rejection of a zone change for the complex. But the effort died in 1997, when the town council paid $1.2 million to buy the land where the affordable housing was to be built.

"This is such an act - in my humble opinion - of injustice," the Glastonbury lawyer said recently. "If you listen to the town, they would say, `We did that because we wanted to preserve open space land.' Sounds good, doesn't it? They also made it impossible for us to do our project."

Across the river in Hartford, there's a different story. About four of every 10 homes in Hartford are now government-subsidized for low- and moderate-income people. In Glastonbury, it's about one in 20.

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Tax-Base Competition Leads to Harmful Development
By Frank Luongo
Friday, September 26, 2003 Westport NEWS

Fiscal inequities among Connecticut's cities and towns and an overreliance on local property taxes to pay for municipal services have combined to create "tremendous pressure" on most communities to expand their tax bases by attracting new development.  And the most common and damaging approach to development is "fiscal zoning" that allows the raising of local revenue to become the dominant issue, over-shadowing land suitability and regional needs as considerations.  These two related conclusions were central to the message that Myron Orfield brought to the economic summit meeting last week in Bridgeport.

From his experience as regional planner, Midwestern state legislator and lawyer, Orfield has made the argument that this pattern of development has had negative results throughout the state.  One of these results is that communities are forced to engage in a struggle against each other for the most lucrative development, according to a regional agenda report Orfield has co-authored.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Westport NEWS website]

Project would tweak Greenwich zoning rules
Greenwich TIME
Peregrine Frissell, Associated Press Published 6:49 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

GREENWICH — A developer is seeking to construct a mixed-use building in Riverside that could effect a change in the appearance of several commercial pockets throughout town...

Story in full:

Town eyes affordable housing
By Michael Dinan, Greenwich TIME
July 7, 2004
A project to build the town's first new affordable housing units in more than 15 years needs only the approval of two town bodies before construction can begin.

The Greenwich Housing Authority hopes to build a pair of two-family duplexes on adjacent lots on Hollow Wood Lane in Pemberwick.  Each Cape Cod-style duplex would be 2,046 square feet and have two units containing three bedrooms. The units, on the Byram River, will be offered for sale to those meeting affordable-housing income levels. Housing authority officials will present revised plans for affordable-housing units at 14 Hollow Wood Lane to the Architectural Review Committee at a meeting in Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The committee had recommended a handful of aesthetic improvements to the modular houses following the authority's initial presentation on June 2. The houses appeared to be resting on stilts, the committee said, with disproportionately small front windows, and the backs of the houses were "monotonous."

"Some of the conditions they asked for were impossible. That particular site is in the 100-year flood plain, so any house has to have the first floor above flood levels," said housing authority board member George Yankowich, a local builder and developer. "The houses look like they're up on stilts and they wanted to eliminate that, but technically it's not possible."

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Addition to existing building
94-unit ‘affordable’ housing plan on Post Road East unveiled
Published 6:11 am, Monday, April 11, 2016

WESTPORT — New owners of the commercial property at 1177 Post Road East, sold by the Kowalsky family in January for $6.8 million, plan to develop a 94-unit residential complex on the site, with 30 percent of the apartments designated “affordable” under state housing guidelines...

...the development team feels its proposal can avoid controversy that engulfed earlier affordable housing applications in town because it is located on a major thoroughfare and in a commercial district, which is served by sewer lines, public utilities, nearby shopping outlets and bus routes.

Story in full:

Wilton Road ‘affordable’ apartment plan hits stiff opposition
Westport News
By Chris Marquette
Published 7:17 am, Friday, January 22, 2016

...The applicant, Garden Homes Management, Inc., represented by lawyer John Fallon, wants to build a 45,796-square-foot building with 39 one-bedroom apartments and nine two-bedroom units on a 1.16-acre lot at 122 Wilton Road at the Kings Highway North intersection. An alternate proposal calls for constructing a four-story, 41,680-square-foot structure with 45 one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom units...story in full:

Westport NEWS, Friday, August 15, 2003
WSFH Would Not Exempt Town From State Housing 'Mandate'
By Frank Luongo
Editors note: This is the second article in a three-part series on a new housing initiative in Westport.
Whatever else the new Westport housing initiative might accomplish, it will not itself exempt the town from the state affordable housing land-use appeals statute as it is       currently written.  On the books since the late 1980s, that measure's goal has been to get all municipalities in Connecticut on the path to maintaining at least 10 percent of its housing stock at an affordable level.

Commonly called a housing "mandate," the statutory provision actually does not require municipalities to build or cause to have built a single unit of affordable housing.  But it does provide developers the opportunity for fast track court appeal when they are denied permits by municipal land-use approval bodies for projects that include an affordable component as a set-aside from the balance of the units in the project that are priced for the market.

The statute also places the burden of proof in such appeals on the municipality to prove that the denial was based on a legitimate exercise of its state-delegated power to adopt regulations that protect health, safety, and general welfare, under the so-called "police powers" that are reserved to the states under the U.S. Constitution.  Those cities and towns that meet the state's definition of affordability at the 10 percent level are exempt from the fast track appeal, and those that are making progress toward      that goal might obtain a three-year moratorium from the measure.

And therein lies the problem. The state standard for defining affordability is local area or state median income level, whichever is lower.  The recently released report of the committee for Westport Workforce/Senior Housing (WFSH) estimated that the qualifying income level for a family of two would top off at $66,000 under the state statute.

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Zoning Board works on new rules for more affordable housing
By Louis Porter, Stamford ADVOCATE Staff Writer
July 14, 2003
STAMFORD -- The Zoning Board is closing in on the final version of ambitious new affordable housing guidelines designed to increase the number of apartments for low- and moderate-income residents.  It is unlikely that the rules -- the first comprehensive regulations to deal with large-scale housing developments in virtually all multifamily zones -- will come close to filling the need for cheaper apartments, but city officials hope they will help.

A study commissioned by the city two years ago found that Stamford has about 4,600 affordable housing units, putting it ahead of neighboring municipalities.  But the report also found that Stamford needed as many as 8,000 more affordable units.  The new guidelines can't fill that need, Principal Planner Norman Cole said.  The rules seek to include a few affordable units in each market-rate development.  So results would have to wait for private firms to build new projects in a city that is increasingly built up.

"We would be very lucky if we could do 100 affordable units a year," Cole said.  But the new rules have advantages over developments by agencies that build exclusively affordable units.  "The nice thing for us is that it is free of public subsidy," Cole said.  In exchange, private developers would get to add a few more units than they would under existing zoning. This "bonus density" would help offset the cost of building the moderate-income units, city officials said.

The city decided it had to do something to encourage affordable housing, in part because the state and federal governments have pulled back from supporting such developments in recent years.  Although a state budget has not been finalized, early drafts called for the reduction of Connecticut Housing Finance Authority funds.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has prepared to cut Hope VI funding in future years. Both programs have significantly contributed to Stamford's affordable housing in the past.

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Affordable housing for seniors rare in city
By JILL BODACH, Hour Staff Writer
July 30, 2006

NORWALK — June O'Shaughnessy's one-bedroom apartment is decorated with all of her favorite pieces of furniture and has all the conveniences of the much larger home she moved from just two years ago.

"They really thought of everything," O'Shaughnessy said as she pulled open closets and drew back shower curtains to reveal all the amenities available to her.  O'Shaughnessy moved to The Marvin in 2004 after her eight-room ranch became too much for the then 80-year-old to manage.

"My husband had passed away and I lost most of my vision, so it was too much for me to be there," O'Shaughnessy said.   O'Shaughnessy waited two years to be admitted to The Marvin's 50-unit housing complex on Gregory Boulevard. O'Shaughnessy feels lucky to have found her apartment and, according to many senior housing specialists, she is lucky.

Affordable housing for seniors — as well as several other demograhics — is rare in Norwalk and other towns in Fairfield County. Many seniors who are unable to maintain the homes they have lived in —sometimes for as long as five decades —have few options: Paying for assistance to come into their home so they can stay there, live with a family member, move into an assisted living facility or move into a nursing home.

Each of these options has its own problems.

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Affordable housing in city OK
By TOM CONNORS Hour Staff Writer (Friday, May 9, 2003)
STAMFORD -- By embracing inclusionary zoning, creating city ordinances that protect the number of affordable housing units in the city, and promoting private/public partnerships, Stamford is working to overcome its housing affordability gap.  In the process, the city has become a leading example of successful strategy implementation.

"Certainly, Stamford is a leader not only in the state but in the country as far as I'm aware in promoting affordable housing," said Richard Redniss, president of engineering and planning firm Redniss and Mead, and a member of the state's Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Affordable Housing.  The number of housing projects completed or in the process of approval in Stamford in the past 10 years is significant, officials said, ranging from the renovation of 330 units at Southfield Village, which will be 70 percent affordable, to the Park Square West complex, which will contain 20 percent affordable units, aimed at families with incomes of 50 percent of the area's median income to the Avalon at Greyrock Place complex, which contains 38 units below market rate.

Spurring that growth is the city's effective use of zoning regulations that require affordable units to be included in development projects and incentives for developers.  "I think what we've done well is take a formalized approach by having both requirements and incentives," said Mayor Dannel Malloy.  Inclusionary zoning is not a new idea, having been around for close to 15 years in Stamford and Norwalk, but only recently are communities fully recognizing its potential.

"It is one of the most powerful tools available for communities to create affordable housing," said Alan Mallach, a housing and land use consultant who teaches urban planning at Rutgers University to a panel convened by Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp last fall.  Although inclusionary zoning has been around for some time, Stamford has only recently tied in incentives for developers, an evolution that came from some early missteps during Malloy's tenure.  "We let some things get out the barn door before we closed it," Malloy said. Developers now receive density bonuses and tax abatements for adhering to affordable housing requirements.  It came as a surprise to Malloy early on that so many people in the area were looking for places to live.  "I don't think we anticipated the pent-up demand for housing," Malloy said.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at THE HOUR (Norwalk, CT) website]

Workers struggle with rent
By A.J. O'CONNELL - Hour Staff Writer (Wednesday, May 7, 2003)
NORWALK -- In the past five years, it's become increasingly difficult for employees in lower Fairfield County to find housing in the communities where they work. In Norwalk, for example, local companies and municipal agencies say that large percentages of their work force commute from other communities. Electronics manufacturer Northrop Grumman, Norden Systems, reports that only about 12 percent of the company's engineers and manufacturing workers live in the city. The rest of the work force commutes, with some coming from as far away as Long Island and New Jersey, said Frances DiMeglio, Norden spokeswoman.

"I'm concerned every day that these people may find employment closer to home and may take those opportunities," said Ivory Tucker, chief executive at Norden Systems, who said that he has an "aging work force" and needs to hire more younger employees.  But, Tucker said, finding young engineers and manufacturers who are willing to come to the area has proven difficult.  "One of the things that happens, especially with new graduates, is that getting them to come to the area (is harder) because of the high cost of living and the lack of available housing," Tucker said.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at THE HOUR (Norwalk, CT) website]

Name key for housing change
Hour Staff Report (Tuesday, May 6, 2003)
NORWALK -- The Norwalk Common Council has made increasing the city's stock of affordable housing a priority, and recently relabeled their initiative as an effort to provide more "housing for working families." Why the name change? One reason is that segments of the community other than impoverished individuals -- teachers, police
officers, firefighters, nurses and other service workers -- are in desperate need of affordable homes. And with the term "affordable housing" meaning so many things to so many people, the council's specific choice of language helps to better define the parameters of its mission.

"We thought that housing for working families was something the council could tackle more easily than the housing crisis overall," said Council President Matthew Miklave, D-District A. "When I was growing up, our parents' goal was to build a community and maintain a community where their children could live if they so chose. In order to do that, you have to have lots of housing choices for people so they can elect to stay in the community where they grew up." As Chamber of Commerce President Edward Musante explains it: "Our members are very upset there's not enough housing for their workers." Joseph McGee, vice president of public policy and programs for the Business Council of Southwestern Connecticut (SACIA), agrees.

"If you don't provide a vibrant range of housing options for people, you'll lose your labor force and economic competitiveness," he said.  "We're not talking about public housing," said Common Councilwoman Barbara Hudgins, D-at large. "People are so confused about the word 'affordable' that Matt wanted to find a different name.  It's not what in the past have been called 'projects.' And it is not special needs housing for disabled people or mentally ill people or halfway houses." As much as the council is trying to define what its initiative is not, in order to pare down its goals to a more manageable level, "housing for working families" is also politically a much more acceptable choice of words for a group of 15 Democrats facing re-election in November. Miklave acknowledges that the label "housing for working families" was a conscious public relations move because the term "affordable housing" not only creates confusion but has also been "demonized over the years." "As soon as they hear
about it, some people stop listening," Miklave said. "If you talk about an affordable housing project, people would say 'no, no, no.' But if you say you want to make it easier for cops, firefighters and teachers to live in the community they serve, a lot of people would say 'yeah.'"

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at THE HOUR (Norwalk, CT) website]

State court deals AvalonBay a setback
Brian McCready, Assistant Milford Bureau Chief, New Haven REGISTER, July 22, 2004

MILFORD — The fate of AvalonBay’s proposed 284-unit complex at Wolf Harbor and Wheelers Farms roads is back in the hands of the city, following a Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that denied the developer’s request for sewer service.
The court denied the Wilton-based affordable housing giant...

And an earlier article, from another CT area...
Saturday, January 19, 2002 - 6:46:54 AM MST
Officials expect housing to come

MILFORD -- City officials for the first time have conceded that a Wilton developer will get to build a controversial apartment complex on Wheeler's Farms Road, despite their vigorous opposition.

"Someday, somehow, that thing is going in," state Sen. Winthrop Smith told about 50 elderly residents at the Milford Senior Center Friday.  "It may take five years, but that state law was written for them, and when they go to court, they are going to win," Smith conceded.

Mayor James L. Richetelli Jr., who also attended the center's annual legislative breakfast, agreed that the state's Affordable Housing Act, which supersedes local zoning regulations, presents an almost insurmountable obstacle to municipalities trying to keep dense development out.  AvalonBay Communities Inc. is proposing to build 284 apartments on 43 acres at the corner of Wolf Harbor and Wheeler's Farms Road, setting aside 25 percent of the units for families earning less than Milford's median income, pegged by federal officials at $60,000 for a family of four.

The Inland Wetlands Agency approved the project Wednesday with conditions that reduce the number of apartments to 228. The Planning and Zoning Board will conclude
its public hearing on the proposal Tuesday night, 7 p.m. in City Hall.  "It is my position that we'll do everything we can to keep AvalonBay from coming in," Richetelli said. "But they are a national company with tons of money and they keep coming after you."

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT POST website]

Rowdy public hearings in 2003 reported by local newspaper - AVALON BAY website does not show a completed project in Andover yet.  Must have gone to court.  (Avalon Bay just won an appeal against the Town of Wilton, CT, filed in 2003...)