Plainville looks to opt out of law on temporary medical additions

Plainville looks to opt out of law on temporary medical additions

Record-Journal


PLAINVILLE — The town is moving forward with opting out of new state legislation that allows temporary health care additions in single-family zones.

“We have concerns on how the law is structured,” said Mark DeVoe, town director of planning and economic development.

The “Act Concerning Temporary Healthcare Structure Legislation” was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in July and allows the structures unless a municipality opts out.

The act was discussed at a recent Town Council meeting after DeVoe reviewed the option with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The structures are meant for impaired residents who would otherwise enter a nursing home for care. The maximum size would be 500 square feet, with one occupant allowed.

Under the act, a caregiver for the individual residing in the structure cannot be paid.

The council said that though there is a need, they would instead like to look into revisions to existing accessory apartment regulations.

“It might be helpful to consult with the senior center,” said town councilor Rosemary Morante.

Some councilors said they were concerned about the impact to neighborhoods.

The PZC will hold a public hearing on the issue next month.

The legislation goes into effect Oct. 1.

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