Substitute House Bill No. 6916

Special Act No. 99-16

An Act Establishing a Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Affordable Housing.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

(a) There is established a Blue Ribbon Commission to study affordable housing in Connecticut. Such study shall include, but not be limited to: The effectiveness of the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure and other statutory provisions governing affordable housing; an examination of the extent to which local zoning regulations comply with the requirements of the Zoning Enabling Act to encourage the development of housing opportunities, including opportunities for multifamily dwellings, and to promote housing choice and economic diversity in housing, including housing for both low and moderate income households; and the extent to which the current market for housing in the state meets the housing needs of very low, low and moderate income households.

(b) (1) The commission shall consist of the following members:

(A) Six appointed by the Governor, at least four of whom shall be either the chief elected officials or members of the local legislative body from municipalities with populations of sixty-five thousand or less;

(B) Four appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, at least two of whom shall be representatives of for-profit housing developers, nonprofit housing developers or civil liberties organizations;

(C) Four appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, at least three of whom shall be representatives of housing authorities, fair housing organizations or providers of special needs housing;

(D) Four appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, at least two of whom shall be members of local zoning or planning and zoning commissions or planners from municipalities with a population of sixty-five thousand or less;

(E) Four appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, at least three of whom shall be representatives of (i) municipalities with a population greater than sixty-five thousand, (ii) persons with disabilities, including persons with AIDS, or (iii) civil rights organizations;

(F) Four appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, at least two of whom shall be attorneys with expertise in land use law or representatives of (i) low income and affordable housing advocates, (ii) state housing coalitions, or (iii) the homeless; and

(G) Four appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, at least two of whom shall be representatives of taxpayer advocacy groups or organizations.

(2) The chairpersons and ranking members of the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing shall be members of the commission. The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development, and the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding or their designees, shall serve as ex-officio members. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, and the Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, or their designees, shall also serve as ex-officio members.

(c) All appointments to the commission shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The chairpersons of the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of housing shall serve as chairpersons of the commission. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the commission, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) The administrative staff of the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing shall serve as administrative staff of the commission.

(f) Not later than February 1, 2000, the commission shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The commission shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or February 1, 2000, whichever is earlier.

Approved June 29, 1999

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