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Thursday night April 29, 2021at their regular meeting, the Easton Republican Town Committee unanimously endorsed the following resolution.  We are stating this in response to the actions taking place in Hartford attempting to take Planning and Zoning out of the hands of our local government.  Their goal is to have Hartford make our decisions for us.  We will not stand by and watch that happen.

WHEREAS, Connecticut’s towns and cities successfully use local zoning and planning processes to balance private property rights, the community’s interests, infrastructure demands, housing needs, and economic growth; and

WHEREAS, local control and decision making by Connecticut’s towns and cities allow resident taxpayers to carefully create zoning policies that reflect the town or city’s unique geography, economy, housing market, and other elements; and

WHEREAS, local zoning and planning ensures that local officials are accountable to the taxpaying community for the decisions they make; and

WHEREAS, local zoning and planning processes give the local affected residents the greatest opportunity to provide specific, unique and important information on the potential impacts of zoning changes upon their community that only they could have knowledge of; and

WHEREAS,  local public hearings enable neighbors and residents to provide beneficial suggestions, identify errors and maximize the acceptability of zoning proposals to the community; and

WHEREAS, the town of Easton is geographically unique, being home to  two storage and a terminal   reservoir and  over four thousand acres of watershed land that are  crucial to supplying  most of Fairfield County with  drinking  water ; and

WHEREAS, the town of Easton is home to over twenty family farms and is an important source of locally grown organic produce and Christmas trees; and

WHEREAS, Protecting Easton’s watershed land and preserving our family farms and our rural character are best achieved through local control of planning and zoning; and

WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly to strip local planning and zoning processes from towns and cities; and

WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly to allow BY RIGHT multi-family development; and

WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly to allow outside Housing Authorities within a 15 miles radius of Easton to develop affordable housing projects within our town; and

WHEREAS, BY RIGHT multi-family development can lead to exponential market value overbuilding and can cause adverse impacts to neighboring property values; and

WHEREAS, BY RIGHT such development gives outsized power to builders and non-local Housing Authorities over other property owners and prevent local Planning and Zoning Commissions from studying the potential impacts of their projects and imposing conditions upon a developer to address those impacts; and

WHEREAS, eliminating public hearings and community input on zoning matters would have unintended consequences such as, erosion of Easton’s unique rural character, ; and

WHEREAS, each Connecticut town and city already has the choice to modify its zoning ordinances to best serve the community’s interests through its local electoral process, with the  assistance of elected town and city government officials; and

WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly that would allow SPOT zoning for multifamily housing in single family districts, effectively bypassing local Zoning Boards; and

NOW BE IT RESOLVED that the REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE of the town of Easton, Connecticut, opposes any State Mandated, one size fits all, Zoning Legislation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE of the town of Easton, Connecticut opposes the ability of any outside housing authority to have jurisdiction over our town’s Affordable Housing plan and any similar legislation that would further overrule, remove or diminish local control and decision making related to planning and zoning or affordable housing within the town of Easton; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to all State Representatives and State Senators representing Easton, to the Governor, all members of the State Legislature’s Planning and Development, Finance, Transportation and Housing Committees, and to all legislators sponsoring bills that remove local control of planning and zoning and affordable housing.

I hope everyone is staying safe. Here are some links you may find helpful.
eastonct.gov
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Or visit Senator Tony Hwang’s Facebook page.

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