April 14, 2024

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Branford housing survey seeks resident input

BRANFORD — Residents have a rare chance to weigh in on what type of housing they want in town by completing an online survey, the first such survey conducted by the town.

The project is a tool for the town to develop a housing plan by June 2022 that would address affordable housing, among other types of residences, as required by state law.

The survey, to be completed by Dec. 5, takes about five to seven minutes to complete and can be done on a smartphone, according to town officials.

It’s just about affordable housing, First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said.


“It’s not just income-based,” he said about Branford’s housing needs.

The town’s goal, Cosgrove said, should be “having appropriate housing stock that meets various age demographics … so people in all stages of life can stay in Branford.”

There is much affordable housing in town, said Cosgrove, pointing to the large number of multifamily units. However, that alone does not meet the legal state definition, which requires that lower rents are deed-restricted, he noted.

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