It is the perfect storm--affordable for-sale housing development has declined precipitously in our region since the covid crisis hit. Skyrocketing construction costs, lack of developable land and the provision of much higher governmental subsidies for rental affordable housing, has exacerbated an already tenuous housing landscape. In this series of webinars, the Women’s Leadership Initiative of ULI Westchester/Fairfield will explore the roadblocks experienced by developers and municipalities alike in their efforts to bring much-needed affordable for-sale housing to suburban areas. This fourth and final program of the series will provide a deep dive into these challenges and opportunities and will offer a case study demonstrating how to overcome common hurdles in the development process, including NIMBY-ism and entry into markets that are new to affordable for-sale housing.
We will examine needed incentives to build affordable condos and single-family homes in Westchester & Fairfield Counties. Financial literacy and home buying workshops will be addressed as will innovations that could expedite affordable construction, such as modular housing, ADUs, and 3D-printed homes. By attending this panel, you will learn useful information about: How the new state law legalizing accessory dwelling units in Connecticut, and a proposed law in New York State, could make homeownership more affordable while providing affordable rental housing. How the rise in building and land costs threatens affordable homeownership and what to do about itHow manufactured housing (not modular) which pre-empts local code can bring back affordable single family home ownershipHow innovative financing vehicles, like Community Land Trusts, are promoting affordable home ownership in ConnecticutHow standardization of local land use regulation has become more critical in the wake of the pandemic to make it more predictable.
Alexander Roberts, Former CEO, Community Housing Innovations
Joan Carty, President & CEO, Housing Development Fund, Inc.
Ralph Blessing, Land Use Bureau Chief, Planning Director, City of Stamford
Louis Larizza, President & CEO, Lazz Development
Peter Feroe, AICP Technical Director, Planning, AKRF
Ali Robinson, Director of Commercial Lending, Housing Development Fund, Inc.
AICP CM pending