6 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire

Things to know this week include a possible vote in Southington on whether to opt out of a new state law designed to make suburban housing more affordable, while in Wallingford the Town Council will consider purchasing 95 acres of land on Williams Road.

A zone change regarding backyard chickens is the subject of a public hearing before the Cheshire Planning & Zoning Commission. 

Here’s the full list of six things to know this week. 

1. Southington council considers state housing law

The Town Council is scheduled to hold its regular meeting Monday starting at 7 p.m. The council will consider a recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Commission to opt out of a state law that eases requirements for accessory dwelling units, a move many local officials say could greatly increase housing density.

All but one PZC member voted last week to opt out of the new state law, which was developed with research from Desegregate CT, a nonprofit focused on equitable and affordable land use. Allowing more multi-family living would help make suburban properties more affordable, proponents say.

The in-person council meeting takes places in the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 196 North Main St.

2. Housing authority board to elect officers in Meriden

The Meriden Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold its annual meeting and elect officers at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The meeting will be virtual and immediately precedes the MHA’s regular meeting.

The Maynard Road Corp. will also hold its annual meeting and election of officers Monday immediately following the MHA meeting. Its regular meeting immediately follows. 

Join on Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88380963604?pwd=VHV1QVNZejdWckJscHlQaGtTQWZqdz09

Meeting ID: 883 8096 3604

3. Wallingford Board of Education

The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall council chambers to hear committee and administrative reports, and discuss appointment of candidates to teaching and coaching positions and leaves of absence.

4. Wallingford council considers land purchase

The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall council chambers to discuss the union contact for Wallingford Public Schools paraeducators and hold a public hearing on a proposal to purchase 95 acres of land at 264 Williams Road for $750,000.

5. Emergency planning panel in Wallingford

The Wallingford Local Emergency Planning Committee’s annual meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at fire department headquarters, 75 Masonic Ave. No agenda information was available.

6. Public hearing on backyard chickens in Cheshire

The Cheshire Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes a public hearing on a petition to change zoning rules to allow chickens to be raised in residential areas. The issue was brought to the attention of the PZC back in May by Cheshire student Gracie Thomas, who asked that the regulations limiting who can own chickens be revised so that she and her family would be allowed to raise them on their property. The meeting will be held in council chambers of Town Hall, 84 S. Main St.

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