Waterbury, Conn. — In partnership with the Town of Thomaston, the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) has begun a collaborative effort to assist in the development of the town’s affordable housing plan. NVCOG staff will provide technical assistance to the town as they work towards meeting the June 1, 2022, deadline to create the plan.
“Thomaston is a small town, but we have a lot to offer, and we want this plan to reflect the needs of our residents,” said Stacey Sefcik, land use administrator and lead for the Town of Thomaston. “Like other communities, we are limited in staff and time, so the services that NVCOG provides are excellent and very cost-effective. We are already looking forward to working with NVCOG on future projects.”
In collaboration with NVCOG, Thomaston is conducting research into zoning regulations and gathering baseline housing data. To measure the need for affordable housing in the small town, involving the residents is a key priority. As a starting point, the town has disseminated a survey to residents to gather input and will continue to conduct public outreach in the coming months.
“The Town of Thomaston is committed to providing housing options,” said Thomaston First Selectman Ed Mone. “We want to ensure that all our residents, young and old, who want to remain in our town for years to come have the means to do so.”
“Our goal is to serve our municipalities and we are happy that our staff can be a resource to assist with the development and completion of this important statutory requirement,” said NVCOG Executive Director Rick Dunne.