Dear Friends, If you would like to submit testimony to the Housing Committee on the "Fair Share" bill (HB6633) which would essentially get rid of single-family zoning in CT in the next decade, you are welcome to use the testimony below or some variation of it.
Tips to Testifying Testifying on Maintaining Local Oversight of Planning and ZoningThe Basics.
Speaking at a public hearing is a great way to make your voice heard.
Your goal is to persuade. How you speak is as important as what you
say. Here are some simple tips.
Be factual and polite.
Thank the decision-makers for their willingness to hear from the public.
Then, state your name, address, and whether you support or oppose the
Address the decision-makers.
Direct your comments to the board or commission, not other speakers or
the applicant. Use titles and last names if addressing one directly (“Chair
X,” “Commissioner Y,” etc.).
Make it personal.
Decision-makers respond to personal stories that illustrate why
something matters to you. Talk about how the proposal could affect you,
your family, or the community at large.Know what you’re asking for.
DesegregateCT: For hearings on specific projects, you should ask the
body to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the project. For
hearings on changing the zoning regulations (which would affect many
parcels or projects), you should make suggestions on the drafted
language and encourage adoption of alternative proposals instead which
would directly achieve their stated goals of bringing the equity,
economic, and environmental benefits of building a more inclusive
community.For hearings on state mandated control of zoning, you can state:
1) One size does not fit all in our 169 town and the state legislature
should maintain existing laws which allow local criteria for zoning
decision making, including: character, environmental impacts,
traffic, septic limitations, town water and sewer capacity, fire safety
and public safety.
2) For hearings on changing the 8-30g zoning regulations (which
would affect many parcels or projects), you should make
suggestions to the drafted language and encourage modification,
or rejection of the state mandated changes. For hearings to
develop city/town plans, state that sweeping one size benchmarks
(number targets) for housing will not be attainable.
3) State Legislature should not engage in making such broad
sweeping changes without collaboration with other best practices
already in our state: members of suburban local housing
authorities within CT and members of local planning and zoning
4) Singling out Suburbs as High Target Opportunity Zones again
excludes the serious issues in existing Urban Affordable Housing
Developments, which must be addressed immediately to help
those that are currently in need.
5) Offer alternative solutions: Creation of Opportunity Zones in urban
communities, expansion of public private partnerships and
mentoring to provide opportunities for growth of jobs and
revitalization of communities where transportation infrastructure
6) In any situation, you can speak broadly about how this legislation
will not result in the equity, economic, and environmental benefits
they intend.Prepare in advance.
Take notes, write out your speech or bullet points, and if you can,
practice in advance. It’s OK to read from a phone.
Mind time limits.
Usually, testimony is limited to 2 or 3 minutes per speaker. You can say
about 125 words per minute comfortably. The decision-makers may let
you go over time, but read their body language. If they’re annoyed, they
might ignore your message.Submit written comments.
You can submit written comments to supplement spoken comments
during a meeting. (Bring multiple hard copies if attending in person!) You
can also submit written comments if you can’t attend a meeting at all. In
that case, confirm with the recipient that your comments will be read in
full into the record.
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