The Great Recession slowed sprawl — low-density, auto-centric, poorly planned development — to a crawl. But now the downturn has grudgingly turned around, and development is ramping up. Does this mean the state’s remaining undeveloped areas will be hit with another wave of sprawl?
Apparently, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the majority of the elected representatives to the state legislature have decided that historic preservation, affordable housing, open space preservation and farmland protection and promotion of locally grown produce are no longer important to the citizens of Connecticut. If they cared about any of that, they would not be stealing any funds from the Community Investment Act account by sweeping the funds into the general fund over the next budget cycle.
A proposed diversion of Community Investment Act (CIA) funds by the state threatens several valuable programs, including one aimed at bringing more housing to downtown New Britain. The state’s maneuver threatens to stunt the revitalization of downtowns like New Britain – a clear step backward after all the progress we’ve made so far.