West Hartford Conducting Affordable Housing Plan Survey

The Goodwin, located at 189 Newington Road, opened in 2015, and 15 of the 47 units are workforce housing. The project faced stiff opposition before being approved. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The survey regarding housing opportunities in West Hartford will be open through April 30, 2022.

By Ronni Newton

The Town of West Hartford has launched a survey to solicit feedback from the community about affordable housing, as a means to further goals and strategies in the recently-adopted Plan of Conservation and Development.

West Hartford’s Town Council last year authorized creation of an Affordable Housing Advisory Group to assist with preparation of an Affordable Housing Plan, as required by Connecticut General Statutes § 8-30j.

The 22-question survey, which will be available through April 30, is considered a critical tool in preparation of the town’s Affordable Housing Plan. The survey solicits respondent’s opinions about a variety of topics related to affordable housing, with questions about what think of when they hear the term “affordable housing,” where affordable housing should best be located in West Hartford, who they believe may need affordable housing, the type of affordable housing that may be needed (size, apartment vs. single-family, etc.), and what the impact of increasing multi-family housing might have on the budget and quality of life in town.

“This survey will help gather information on demographics, community housing needs and preferences and it is important for us to hear from residents, businesses, taxpayers and people that work in the community,” Mayor Shari Cantor said. “The results will be utilized to guide the preparation of an Affordable Housing Plan which will help to encourage a greater diversity of housing types, costs and increase housing options for current and future residents.”

To complete the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PDWJSLZ.

Questions or written comments can also be addressed to Town Planner Todd Dumais, by email at [email protected] or by mail at the following address: Town of West Hartford, Attn: Town Planner, 50 South Main Street, Room 214, West Hartford, CT 06107.

More information about affordable housing can be found on the town’s website.

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