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Town of Wallingford Files First HOMEConnecticut Incentive Housing Application

April 16, 2009

Assisted by Karen Cullen and Ted Carman of Concord Square Development & Planning of Boston and Attorney Tim Hollister of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, the Town of Wallingford on April 14, 2009 became the first Connecticut municipality to apply to the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management for approval of an Incentive Housing Zone under the state’s HOMEConnecticut program.

HOMEConnecticut is a voluntary, collaborative program designed to spur construction of mixed-income, lower-cost housing in smart growth locations. Wallingford identified a 23 acre downtown location, surrounding its train station and in need of economic redevelopment, as an Incentive Housing Zone and has now proposed to OPM an overlay zoning regulation that can accommodate up to 361 rental apartments and townhomes, in a mixed-use district with first floor retail and second floor office uses in a core district of four story buildings. The Town’s application to OPM seeks State approval of this Incentive Housing Zoning Regulation and its design standards.

Concord Square’s Cullen and Carman, with S&G Attorney Hollister and traffic consultant Carla Tillery, all hired through an OPM financial grant, worked with Town Planner Linda Bush and other Town Staff to guide the Wallingford Town Council and the Planning & Zoning Commission through the HOMEConnecticut program, which was adopted by the legislature in 2007 and funded in 2008. Hollister was a principal author of the HOMEConnecticut legislation.

Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson, Jr. stated in a transmittal letter to OPM that the team led the Town through an “open, deliberate process” that would lead to “private investment in Wallingford’s downtown” as well as needed housing diversity.

A copy of Wallingford’s application (159 pages) can be found by clicking on the link on the top of the page entitled "Town of Wallingford HOMEConnecticut Housing Application."

Attorney Hollister commented that “We hope that Wallingford’s application will provide a template for other towns using or considering HOMEConnecticut, and will encourage widespread use of this program.”

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