Reforms to local zoning laws can promote diversity and undo segregation in Connecticut’s cities and towns. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s new publication — “A Guide to Zoning for Fair and Open Communities” – is a hands-on manual that shows how zoning can create impediments to fair housing and presents alternative zoning policies that promote fair and open communities.
Connecticut is one of the most racially segregated states in the country. Two out of three minorities live in just 15 of the state’s 169 towns. And Connecticut’s people of color frequently live in communities lacking in many of the resources that can contribute to a successful and satisfying life.
Zoning determines where housing can be built, the type of housing that is allowed, and the form it takes. Regulations can directly or indirectly affect the cost of developing housing, making it harder or easier to accommodate affordable housing.
Towards Diversity and Fairness
We can help address Connecticut’s “opportunity gap” by making sure that our towns allow for all kinds of housing, particularly the affordable housing that is often needed by people of color who want to move to a higher-opportunity community.
To read and download a copy of “A Guide to Zoning for Fair and Open Communities,” click here.
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* Visit the Opportunity Project’s “Connecticut Zoning Initiative,” a comparison of all the state’s local zoning ordinances (developed in conjunction with Trinity College’s Cities and Suburbs Project).