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Building Boom Sparks Ideas For More Public Input

by Thomas Breen | Jan 16, 2019 4:21 pm | Comments (5)

Thomas Breen photoPublish a single list of development projects that are open to public comment. Use online maps to explain a project’s history and timeline. And clarify land use-related meeting agendas, so that the public can easily understand what a developer is asking of the city.

City officials heard those and other good-governance recommendations from Downtown and Wooster Square neighbors about how best to keep the public informed and engaged during the city’s current deluge of development and construction.

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Quicker Police Response Urged For Non-Emergencies

by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2019 12:17 pm | Comments (12)

Allan Appel PhotoAt noon on Christmas Day Rodney Williams reported to the police that a chain saw and other power equipment had been stolen from the Munson Street construction site where he’d been working.

A police officer arrived an hour later, and Williams appreciates the careful work the officer is doing in the still-open case to find the perpetrator and potentially get back the equipment.

However, he also wishes the cops could have come sooner. He’s not alone.

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Housing Panel Targets Zoning, Suburbs

by Thomas Breen | Jan 10, 2019 12:01 pm | Comments (27)

Thomas Breen photoPass an inclusionary zoning ordinance. Let the housing authority build outside of New Haven. Set up a public database of affordable housing resources. And create a new affordable housing commission to stay on top of local, state, and federal policy changes.

Those are just a handful of the dozens of recommendations the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force plans to send to the Board of Alders regarding how to legislatively address the city’s affordable housing crisis.

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