New Haven Housing Authority Proposes Zoning Reforms, Land Tax

While the Connecticut State Legislature stalls on zoning reform, a local housing authority in the state is recommending an ambitious package of pro-development, supply-side policy changes to mitigate the cost of housing in the state.

1 minute read

July 27, 2023, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Crosswalk with pedestrians in front of four-story red brick buildings in New Haven, Connecticut

James Andrews1 / New Haven, Connecticut

The Housing Authority of New Haven, Connecticut recently proposed a housing plan that would implement the zoning reforms gaining momentum around the country.

According to an article by Laura Glesby for the New Haven Independent, the Housing Authority’s laundry list of policy recommendations resembles a YIMBY party platform, rather than the traditional approach to housing subsidies: “Pre-approve certain building plans. Eliminate parking minimums. Support single-room apartments. Implement a land tax.”

The recommendations can be found in the “Breaking Ground: Solutions to Advance Affordable Housing in New Haven” report, which can be read in its entirety online.

“The report culminates a series of community conversations hosted by Elm City Communities (ECC) on the affordable housing crisis, strategizing with NYU Furman Center’s Housing Solutions Lab, and research by ECC’s policy director Will Viederman,” reports Glesby.

Connecticut has been building a track record of legislative work on supply-side approaches to housing affordability, like those included in the “Breaking Ground” report, although a statewide zoning reform package approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2021 stopped short of the mandatory statewide implementation that other states have implemented recently. The legislature’s efforts to adopt a new round of zoning reforms fell short of approval before the end of the legislative session in 2023 as well.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 in New Haven Independent

Large blank mall building with only two cars in large parking lot.

Pennsylvania Mall Conversion Bill Passes House

If passed, the bill would promote the adaptive reuse of defunct commercial buildings.

April 18, 2024 - Central Penn Business Journal

Aerial view of Oakland, California with bay in background

California Exodus: Population Drops Below 39 Million

Never mind the 40 million that demographers predicted the Golden State would reach by 2018. The state's population dipped below 39 million to 38.965 million last July, according to Census data released in March, the lowest since 2015.

April 11, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

A view straight down LaSalle Street, lined by high-rise buildings with an El line running horizontally over the street.

Chicago to Turn High-Rise Offices into Housing

Four commercial buildings in the Chicago Loop have been approved for redevelopment into housing in a bid to revitalize the city’s downtown post-pandemic.

April 10, 2024 - Chicago Construction News

Purple jacaranda trees in bloom in Los Angeles with tall white Art Deco buildings in background.

LA County Releases Draft Community Forest Management Plan

LA County's Chief Sustainability Office just released the discussion draft of Room to Grow, the first Community Forest Management Plan for the county.

34 minutes ago - Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office

Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Washington at dusk.

Seattle Downtown Plan Expands Permitted Uses

The Downtown Activation Plan shifts from Euclidean to form-based zoning to encourage more commercial development.

2 hours ago - Governing

Large water pipe with brown water pouring out into dirt ditch.

Southern Water Infrastructure at Risk From Climate Impacts

A water main breaks somewhere in the United States every two minutes, according to an estimate from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

4 hours ago - The Conversation

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.