March 24th, 2022
Affordable and Equitable Housing in Westbrook
Can’t afford to buy or rent in Westbrook? The town’s Affordable Housing Plan is designed to make a run at changing that. Currently, Westbrook has a lot of single-family and mobile homes, but few multiple-family homes, which are more likely to be available for rental. The town plan recommends a few things to address that:
In conjunction with this plan, DesegregateCT is working to provide more equitable and affordable housing statewide. This year, a proposed bill (House Bill 5429) is focused on transit-oriented housing support. It is targeting ~40 towns, Westbrook being one of them. Read their "one pager" giving points of emphasis.
“Affordable” is still pricey. For Westbrook, it means spending 30% or less of family income if a family earns less than 80% of the local median. For one person, 80% of the median would be $57,456 in income and for a family of three, the cutoff is $73,872. For these income thresholds, the maximum rent for a two-bedroom unit would be $1,329. That is not cheap, but local Democrats believe it is a step in the right direction. The town is aging and becoming less wealthy.
On Monday, April 11, the Town Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the plan. All are welcome to voice their concerns. The hearing will be at 7 pm at Mulvey Municipal Center, 866 Boston Post Road, in the Multi-Media Room, and all residents are welcome to attend and voice their opinions.
Other Town News
Cannabis in Westbrook?
Westbrook’s Zoning Commission took a "wait and see” approach to cannabis back in August, since no one had filed an application for a dispensary or grow facility. At the February Zoning meeting, the commission was informally
approached by individuals who were looking to apply for a “Mini Grow” license to open a facility between 5,000 and 7,000 sq ft in Westbrook (This license limits the facility to 10,000 sq ft) and possibly opening a retail dispensary at a later date.
Since the Planning, Zoning and Development Coordinator Eric Knapp left, Tyche Planning and Policy Group has been contracted to provide Planning a Zoning assistance to the town. Mike D’Amato (ZEO) will bring additional information and examples of regulations based on other municipalities to the March Zoning meeting for commission review.
Coming soon: drive-throughs in Westbrook