[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Newington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-6-1989 (§§ 16-1 to 16-8 of the 1974 Code)]
The Newington Town Council hereby declares that a local housing partnership is to be formed, in accordance with Public Act 88-305, C.G.S. § 8-336f, in order to develop ways to increase the supply and availability of affordable housing in the Town of Newington.
There is hereby created the Newington Housing Partnership, to be appointed by the chief elected official of Newington.
The Partnership shall consist of 11 members as follows:
The chief elected official.
One member of the Housing Authority.
One member of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
One member of the Development Commission.
One member of the Fair Rent Commission.
One member of the Conservation Commission.
Two representatives of the local business community.
Two representatives of public interest groups, such as a housing advocate, a member of the clergy, a member of a local civic group, or a representative of a local nonprofit housing corporation.
One representative of local urban planning, land use, and housing professionals.
The responsibilities of the Newington Housing Partnership, in order to receive initial designation of the Connecticut Housing Partnership Program, shall include the following:
Submit evidence to the Commissioner of Housing that the Newington Housing Partnership has been formed in accordance with Public Act 88-305, C.G.S. § 8-336f; and
Submit evidence to the Commissioner of Housing that sufficient local resources have been committed to the Newington Housing Partnership.
Duties of the Newington Housing Partnership, in order to receive development designation under the Connecticut Housing Partnership Program, shall include the following:
To examine and identify housing needs and opportunities in the community;
To explore the availability of any state, municipal or other land that is suitable for the development of affordable housing;
To review applicable Zoning Regulations to determine whether such regulations restrict the development of affordable housing in the community;
To identify any necessary changes to such regulations;
To establish priorities and develop a long-range plan to meet identified housing needs in the community consistent with regional housing needs;
To establish procedures for the development of a written proposal to achieve such priorities in accordance with said plan; and
To start an activity, development or project designed to create additional affordable housing in Newington, subject to the approval of the Town Council and the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
At all times when any orders, rules and regulations made and promulgated pursuant to this article shall be in effect, they shall supersede all existing resolutions, orders, rules and regulations made pursuant to this article insofar as the latter may be inconsistent therewith.
This article shall not be construed so as to conflict with any state or federal statute, rule or regulation.
No person shall have the right to expend any public funds of the municipality in carrying out any partnership activities authorized by this article without prior budgetary approval by the Town Council. The Town Manager shall have the right to bind the Town by contract or agreement upon specific authorization of the Town Council.
[Adopted 5-28-1991 (§§ 16-10 to 16-15 of the 1974 Code)]
The Newington Town Council hereby establishes a Newington Affordable Housing Monitoring Agency (hereinafter referred to as "monitoring agency") in accordance with C.G.S. § 8-2g.
The purpose of the monitoring agency as set forth in C.G.S. § 8-2g(a) and (b) shall be to prepare, adopt and administer standards for selecting eligible households to participate in affordable housing programs resulting from density increases granted by the Newington Town Plan and Zoning Commission or from other affordable housing programs that may be sponsored by the Town of Newington.
The Newington Affordable Housing Monitoring Agency shall consist of five members who shall serve staggered five-year terms expiring on November 30 in a given year. The term of only one member shall expire in a given year. There shall be no more than four members from one party. If an existing agency is appointed to monitor affordable housing, the make-up of that body shall constitute the make-up of the Newington Affordable Housing Monitoring Agency.
The responsibilities of the monitoring agency shall including the following:
Prepare and publish selection criteria for participation in affordable housing developments constructed in the Town of Newington. This criteria may include factors such as family income, family size, residency and employment in the Town of Newington, employment by the Town of Newington, and housing hardship considerations. Income criteria shall be based on standards published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Hartford PMSA.
Review the contract that a developer of single-family, entry-level housing prepares pursuant to § 8.3.2D(a)(b) of the Newington Zoning Regulations.
Review the proposed sale prices of proposed affordable housing developments to determine that prospective households meeting the selection criteria can purchase the units once they are built.
Review the proposed deed restrictions and covenants for affordable housing to determine that resale will be to households who meet selection criteria set by the monitoring agency.
Report to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and to the sponsor and/or developer of the proposed affordable housing that the proposed sale prices, deed restrictions and contract comply with the selection criteria established by the monitoring agency.
Maintain a file of eligible participants for use by the sponsors, developers and sellers of proposed affordable housing. The role and responsibility of the monitoring agency shall include the screening and certification of households as meeting the Town's affordable housing criteria. Eligible households shall be responsible to obtain their own financing commitments, and this will not be the responsibility of the monitoring agency or the Town of Newington.
The facilities and services of the various agencies and departments of the Town of Newington, including that of the Town Attorney, shall be available to the monitoring agency as needed. The Town Manager shall be responsible for providing administrative assistance and may direct and assign staff to the monitoring agency.
No person shall have the right to expend any public funds of the municipality in carrying out any monitoring agency activities authorized by this article without prior budgetary approval by the Town Council.