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Cornwall gets a grant for housing diversity study

CORNWALL — Planning for future housing alternatives took a step ahead last week as the Board of Selectmen announced at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21, that the town has been awarded a state housing planning grant.

The $10,000 grant will cover the costs of an interactive process that looks at all of the town’s housing options.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said the timing is good because “the Planning and Zoning Commission [P&Z] is currently reviewing its regulations,” following the completion of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, which forms the basis of those regulations.  

He added that the P&Z process is a “really good step.” He said that more information about the housing study will be available in the coming months.

The study’s purpose is to define the existing types of housing and then how to make plans to diversify those housing options to attract young people and suit older people, Ridgway explained.

He noted that Cornwall was the first town in the region to come up with the concept of accessory apartments as a housing option.

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