Rep. Kim Rose | 8-30g Update & News

From the Office of State Rep. Kim Rose

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As you are aware, for the past 7 years, since being elected, I have been working on crafting a bill that we could pass through our house chamber, one that will not discourage the building of affordable housing in Connecticut while offering our town relief from the predatory building affordable housing (8-30g) developments. I am delighted to announce the passage of House Bill #6880.

With the cooperation, negotiation and efforts of our entire Housing Committee Leadership, my House Leadership, and housing advocates I can proudly say that we have achieved just that. This bill will now be transmitted to the Senate for their consideration and vote. Assuming its passage in the Senate, it will go on to the Governor’s office for his signature.

Increasing our state-wide affordable housing stock is crucial. It allows our teachers, firefighters, police, college graduates and working families to be able to afford to live here. However, we have been plagued with predatory developers who are dumping huge projects in pocket developments throughout our City.

 House Bill #6880

Our Bill Will:

  • Allow Ryder Mobile Home park to be included in our count towards affordable housing stock- which should allow Milford to obtain a moratorium for 4 years.
  • Contain a five year sunset provision
  • Lower minimum number of HUE points smaller municipalities must obtain to qualify for a moratorium from 75 HUE points to 50 HUE points
  • Encourage the development of three bedroom family units, senior units tied to family housing, and family units located in incentive housing zones
  • Make income-restricted units in an IHZ development eligible for points toward a moratorium.
  • Award bonus HUE points for family units that contain at least three bedrooms, elderly units when 60% of an affordable housing completion certificate is tied to family housing, and family units located within an Incentive Housing Zone;
  • Change the definition of Median Income applicable to IHZ’s to conform to 8-30g’s definition (the lesser of state median income and the area median income as determined by HUD).
  • Make affordable housing moratoriums more achievable for midsize cities. The current threshold to qualify for a moratorium is 2%, this bill lowers that threshold to 1.5%. While this goal is still very difficult to attain. It is a step in the right direction.

The City Land Use Department, Planning and Zoning Department, the Planning and Zoning Board, and developers need to work together to plan and implement affordable housing in Milford that makes sense and benefits us all.

Please feel free to contact me at the Capitol at 1-800-842-8267, my cell phone 203-701-6098, or by email at Kim.Rose@cga.ct.gov – also please like my Official Facebook Page for news and legislative updates.

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Thank you Kim for the update on this matter!

Rep Rose Praises Women’s Caucus Charity Success

Kim-RoseState Representative Kim Rose of the 118th recently praised the legislature’s Women’s Caucus on raising over $2000 during a “Dress Down” day at the Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. Rose, a co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, released a press release on her website which announced the group’s effort and success.

From the press release;

During Friday’s legislative House session, the Women’s Caucus sponsored a building-wide “dress down” day to raise money for the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Campaign and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  Legislators, staff, lobbyists and guests at the State Capitol were encouraged to show their support by wearing turquoise in solidarity with the American Lung Association and purple for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and were able to donate $5 to “dress down” and $10 to “dress up” with all proceeds being split evenly between the two charities.

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women in the United States.

“One of the things I love about my job in the legislature is the unique opportunity we have to make a difference,” Rep. Rose said. “I thank all my colleagues and supporters for their kind donations and for joining our mission to raise awareness on these illnesses.”

To view the full press release, please click here. Recently, the Women’s Caucus was featured in more detail on Rose’s website. Her post can be found here.

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Good job, Kim!