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Connecticut Residents Rally Against Affordable Housing Zoning Bills

A Connecticut resident holds a sign at a CT169Strong rally in West Haven.
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A Connecticut resident holds a sign at a CT169Strong rally in West Haven.

Opponents of controversial zoning bills in Connecticut say the new pieces of legislation would make it impossible for towns to say "no" to development projects they don’t like.

One bill would require certain amounts of affordable multi-family housing near commercial areas. At a rally in West Haven this weekend, the city’s zoning commissioner Steven Mullins said the bill would take power from local public hearings, which he called part of Connecticut’s checks and balances.

“How would it be if we had bureaucrats in Hartford who will make all of the decisions that go on in your respective communities without you having one bit of say? Are we standing up against that?,” Mullins said.

“Yes!” was the response.

The rally was organized by CT169Strong — named for Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. The group said it will hold weekly rallies until the end of the legislative session.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.