Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5256

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE FUNDED HOUSING RECONSTRUCTION WITHIN A FLOODPLAIN.

Vote Date:

3/14/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/2/2012

File No.:

139

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Speaker Chris Donovan

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill would amend Section 1 Subsection (h) of section 25-68d of the general statues in order to remove a prohibition against using fill to engineer state-funded housing projects out of a 100 Year Flood Plain (YFP), as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Housing Authority of the City of Meriden:

The Housing Authority of the City of Meriden is in support of HB-5256 because the current prohibition under section (h) is preventing the Mills Memorial Apartment complex from pursuing reconstruction development. Removing this prohibition would allow Mills to engineer itself out from the 100 YFP, and consequently be eligible to apply for a redevelopment grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers (NAHRO):

NAHRO is in support of HB-5256 because it would allow affordable housing properties to engineer themselves out of the 100 YFP. Under the current law there is a “Catch-22” where properties located beneath the 100 YFP require support from a state agency to obtain redevelopment permits, but cannot obtain agency support without first having a permit. NAHRO argues that failure to pass this bill would put affordable housing projects at a disadvantage for applying for funding, as they would be rendered “not ready to proceed.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM):

CCM is uncertain about the consequences of HB 5256, and is concerned that the proposed amendment may infringe upon local authority to regulate reconstruction projects.

Reported by: Kelsey Sullivan

Date: 3/21/12