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Fairfield To Conduct Public Workshop On Housing Strategies

Fairfield Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart
Fairfield Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield residents are invited to weigh in on possible strategies to increase the town's housing opportunities during a public hearing in April.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room, 501 Kings Highway E.

Many people are surprised to learn that about half of Fairfield’s housing units were built in a 25-year period between 1945 and 1970. Those housing units reflected community needs and desires prevalent during that period.

However, since that time, Fairfield’s population has changed and now includes many older residents and smaller households who may be looking for other housing choices. Children of current residents might also want housing units in the community they grew up in. How best might Fairfield address these changing housing needs?

The workshop will provide an opportunity for Fairfield residents to discuss the changing housing needs of the community and suggest priorities and strategies for addressing those needs. After the public workshop, the town will look at the identified issues and evaluate strategies to help guide the community in the future.

Fairfield residents are encouraged to come to the workshop and participate in the discussion.

Mark Barnhart, director of community and economic development in the town, said the issue is important to many people. Sharing ideas will help Fairfield make good choices and develop a plan to proactively address these challenges, he said.

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