Monroe Street 8-30g housing plan flies through unhindered

The Planning and Zoning Board waved the white flag of surrender when it unanimously approved a nine-unit apartment project at 132-140 Monroe Street, filed under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law.

In the past the board has rejected most of these projects, usually due to concerns regarding increased density and traffic, only to see them approved by a Superior Court judge.

In making the motion to approve, board member Michael Dolan said, “It’s not because I think it’s a great project [but]…if we turn it down, we would lose on appeal for sure.” Dolan also said, “They don’t need to comply with Milford’s zoning regulations.”

The project was submitted under Connecticut statute 8-30g, which is designed to encourage building of affordable housing with 30% of the units designated for rent at below market rates to people earning 80% or less of the area’s median income. The law essentially overrides local zoning regulations, requiring the P&Z to prove a project presents a threat to public health, safety or welfare, in order for it to be denied.

Green Turtle LLC, which lists Warren K. Field of Milford as manager, received special permit and site plan approval for the three buildings with three 1,500 square foot two-bedroom units per building. Each unit will have a one-car garage and with surface parking, there will be 20 parking spaces.  

One parcel is 0.22 acres and is appraised at $103,000. The other parcel is 0.29 acres and is appraised at $200,000. Both are currently vacant land. The properties are within the R-7.5 zone that permits only single-family houses.

Attorney Thomas Lynch said that Field completed a project in 2015 at 229 West Main Street that is fully rented, saying, “This project is a mirror image of that property.”

Lynch submitted the project’s Affordability and Fair Housing Marketing Plan at the board’s Nov. 15 meeting, a document that he said was reviewed and approved by the city’s Community Development Office. The plan details how the developer will process applications for the affordable units, and calculate rents.