City Planning Efforts
Norwalk is working on an Affordable Housing Action Plan to assess the City’s affordable housing needs and address their potential economic, environmental, and social equity impacts. The State of Connecticut defines “affordable rental and home ownership units” as housing that costs no more than 30% of a household’s income.
The Affordable Housing Action Plan will help the City to identify the different levels and types of affordable housing needed, while providing guidance and direction on how to achieve those levels. While the City needs to complete the plan to comply with CT General Statute 8-30j, the City views this planning process as an opportunity to fully understand the City’s housing needs at all income levels and develop strategies to ensure there are housing options available to all who seek to live in our great City.
- An inventory of the City’s existing housing stock
- An analysis of housing needs, cost, and affordability
- Trends in housing costs and housing development
- A projection of housing needs for the medium – (next 5 years) and long – term (10 years).
- A comparison between housing trends and housing needs
- An analysis of the City’s housing programs and tools, including a gap analysis, their effectiveness in meeting goals, how well they are targeted towards housing needs and how they can be improved
- Strategies to safeguard housing affordability and increase economic opportunity for current and future residents
- Comprehensive implementation strategy and timeline, based on the affordable housing scenarios
- Guidebook to affordable housing in Norwalk for residents and government officials