Floating Zone could create incentive housing zone near train station

In his report to the Planning and Zoning Board Jan. 19, City Planner David B. Sulkis discussed a potential “floating zone” within a half to three-quarter of a mile radius from the Milford Metro North railroad station.

Sulkis said the city received a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Housing to hire CME Associates of Woodstock, Conn., as a consultant to study the idea of creating an incentive housing zone within this area.

Sulkis said the zone would potentially allow for more affordable housing within walking distance of the train station if such projects met the standards for the floating zone. Such housing might allow the city to earn enough points to earn a moratorium on future 8-30g affordable housing applications, he said.

“It’s just a proposal,” said Sulkis. “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to do it.”

Sulkis said CME Associates would attend a P&Z meeting in the near future to make a presentation to the board. He said the consultant would present actual regulations for the board to review.