MANSFIELD, CT May 19, 2021– The Town of Mansfield’s Ad Hoc Committee on Affordable and Workforce Housing is initiating the next phase toward development of its Affordable Housing Plan. Input from the community in April indicated overwhelming interest in improving Affordable Housing, so a second survey will seek input on strategies to approach fulfilling that need.
The survey will solicit input through June 4 at: www.MansfieldCT.gov/AffordableHousingStrategySurvey. Residents who prefer not to complete the survey online may request a paper survey by calling 860-429-3330 or emailing PlanZoneDept@mansfieldct.org
“We were pleased to have such a robust response with close to 900 people completing our first-round survey,” says Linda Painter, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Mansfield. “Now we are seeking input on how to approach the plan: how to fund it, which sectors to concentrate on, whether to rehabilitate existing structures or build new. With such keen interest from the public, we hope residents will continue to engage and offer input.”
There will be a Public Hearing on the plan on June 23. The Affordable Housing Plan in its draft form is available at: www.MansfieldCT.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11223/Proposed-Mansfield-Affordable-Housing-Plan-Public-Hearing-Draft-05-18-2021
The Town’s Ad Hoc Committee on Affordable and Workforce Housing, composed of members of the Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, worked with the Department of Planning and Development and consultant SLR International Corporation to pursue this project. A commonly accepted definition of affordable housing is housing that costs no more than 30% of household income.
During the Mansfield Tomorrow Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) community engagement process, residents expressed interest in having a larger variety of housing options, both in design and levels of affordability. Recognizing changes in demographics and lifestyle choices, the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development calls for evaluating the housing needs for residents in the future, including affordable housing. Every community is required by the State of Connecticut to create an affordable housing plan.
The town is mailing a notice to all residents with the strategy survey link, and posting the link on its social media and website.