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Aug 2021

Be My Neighbor in Fairfield County

Untapped Housing Solutions: ADUs and Conversions

Towns in Fairfield County, Connecticut can create 40,000 new homes by 2040 by taking steps to encourage the creation of accessory dwelling units and conversions of large single-family homes.

Key Recommendations


What are ADUs and Conversions?

ADU typologies Credit Booth Hansen Architects and Urban Land Institute Chicago
Booth Hansen Architects and Urban Land Institute Chicago
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Duplexes and accessory apartments are neatly tucked into single-family housing. When a homeowner creates one, the look and feel of the neighborhood is not changed.

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Legislative Overview and Zoning Restrictions


Existing Conditions


Existing Housing

Fairfield County CT
To help communities in Fairfield County, CT understand and address challenges related to housing, RPA offers data and analysis on demographics and housing characteristics for all of the county’s 23 towns and cities.
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Housing Potential

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While Public Act 21-29 provides a floor, municipalities should go further

Fairfield County municipalities should examine local zoning to ensure that dimensional requirements do not physically constrain ADU construction and coverage rules are proportional to the accessory unit.

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Recommendations and Current Policy Implications


Special thanks to

Christie Stewart
Director, Fairfield County's Center for Housing Opportunity
Sara Bronin
Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law & Faculty Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law at UConn
Carolyn Grossman
Director of Regional Planning, New York City Department of Planning
Dave Zackin
Creative Director, Regional Plan Association
Ellis Calvin
Data Research Manager, Regional Plan Association
Mark McNulty
Senior Communications Associate, Regional Plan Association
Gloria Chin
Communications Director, Regional Plan Association
Sean Ghio
Policy Director, Partnership for Strong Communities
Julian Pierce
Program Manager for Economic Opportunity, Fairfield County's Community Foundation
David Barrett Rich
Executive Director, Supportive Housing Works
Stephen Saloom
Director, Advocacy & Capacity Building, Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Funded By

Fairfield County's Center for Housing Opportunity

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