(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, February 6, 2024, the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency (RDA) announced the release of a housing survey to help shape the future of housing, with a focus on transit-oriented development (TOD) and affordable housing. The survey takes no more than five minutes to complete, is also available in Spanish and Haitian-Creole and will be open until Wednesday, February 28.
The two main goals of the survey are to gather residents’ feedback to help develop sustainable, equitable, and affordable housing opportunities throughout the City, as well as TOD in and around the City’s multi-modal transit hubs.
As the City moves forward with TOD projects, we understand that TOD is just one type of housing that may not meet the needs and desires of all residents. TOD is a development strategy that groups housing, jobs, and amenities around public transport hubs to reduce driving, boost the local economy and build a stronger sense of community for residents. TOD has been a focus for the City and RDA and is a key component of Norwalk’s 2019 Citywide Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). The POCD encourages the City to continue land use policies that promote smart growth near the South Norwalk, East Norwalk and Merritt 7 transit systems. The survey will allow the City and RDA to better understand how residents feel about the City’s desire to increase the quality of life for residents, attract more people to visit Norwalk’s downtown business community and enhance walkability by reducing Norwalk’s carbon footprint by prioritizing TOD.
The survey also aims to capture the community’s feedback on housing needs in response to the City’s objective to help more residents secure affordable, high-quality housing. In accordance with state regulations, the City is preparing an Affordable Housing Study to understand what policies should be implemented to help more Norwalk residents secure affordable housing. The City has assembled an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, which includes members of the community, to oversee the Housing Study. In partnership with the City, the Committee will be conducting community outreach efforts and reviewing housing policy recommendations. A critical component of the Study is the formation of a housing needs assessment. A housing needs assessment relies heavily on the input of residents. The City continues to conduct a robust outreach effort through public workshops, listening sessions, and pop-up events across the City. The survey also seeks to help the City and RDA reach a larger sample of residents from diverse backgrounds. The survey results will be used to make sure the City’s housing recommendations reflect the experiences and needs of residents.
We’ve prepared this survey to gain a better understanding of how you view the expansion of housing in Norwalk. Your input is vital to the City and RDA’s housing efforts, and your time is greatly appreciated.