(a) Upon the transfer of state surplus property pursuant to Section 4b-21 of the General Statutes, the Commissioner, with the approval of the Commissioner of Public Works, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and the State Properties Review Board may sell or lease such property to an eligible developer, exchange the property for a suitable piece of property, or enter into an agreement regarding such property with an eligible developer.
(b) The Commissioner, with the approval of the Commissioner of Public Works, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Properties Review Board may also enter into a contract to purchase, lease, or hold any surplus real property made available by the federal government if the Commissioner determines that such property can be utilized for the construction, rehabilitation or renovation of housing for persons and families of low and moderate income. Upon such transfer, the Commissioner may sell or lease such property, exchange the property for a suitable piece of property, or enter into an agreement regarding such property with an eligible developer.
(c) The Commissioner shall require, as a condition of any sale, exchange, lease or agreement entered into, regarding federal surplus property that such real property be used only for the construction, rehabilitation or renovation of housing for persons and families of low and moderate income.
(d) Prior to any sale, exchange, lease or agreement, the Commissioner shall notify the chief executive officer or officers of the municipality or municipalities in which such property is located. No property may be sold, exchanged or leased by the Commissioner without approval of the municipality or municipalities in which the property is located.
(e) Any use of the property shall be subject to the planning, zoning, sanitary and building laws, ordinances and regulations applicable to the locality in which the real property is located.
(f) Developers shall ensure that any and all property, and interests therein, acquired under this program, shall be permanently made affordable to low and moderate income persons or families. Developers may use deed restrictions, restrictive covenants, or place the property in a land trust to achieve the long term affordability goal.
Any subsequent transfer of the property, including any improvements thereon, by the developer, shall meet the following criteria:
(1) subsequent developers shall be subject to the same restrictions as the initial developer and shall be subject to the laws and regulations governing the Surplus Property Program; and
(2) the sales price and conditions of sale shall be approved by the Commissioner.
(h) Prior to the transfer of the property by the Commissioner, the developer shall provide a commitment for project financing necessary to develop housing from a government or private financial institution;
(i) If the development is not completed within the planning and development timetable approved by the Commissioner, the property shall revert to the Department unless an extension is granted by the Commissioner in writing based upon conditions beyond the developer's control;
(j) At initial occupancy and upon subsequent transfers, an affidavit shall be filed with the Commissioner to verify that the persons and families occupying the property meet the low and moderate income limit requirement.
(k) All development projects shall be competitively bid, unless the governmental financing program being utilized does not establish such a requirement.
To be eligible for this program, a nonprofit corporation:
(1) shall maintain accountability to community residents by providing a formal process for program beneficiaries and the community to advise the organization in its decisions regarding the design, siting, development and management of affordable housing;
(2) shall neither be controlled by, nor be under the direction of, individuals or entities seeking to derive profit or gain from the organization. A nonprofit organization may be sponsored in part by a for-profit entity, but the for-profit entity may not have the right to appoint more than one-third of the membership of the organization's governing body, and the organization shall be free to contract for goods and services from vendors of its own choosing;
(3) shall have a history of serving the state's low or moderate income community; and
(4) shall be able to demonstrate a successfully completed housing development, and demonstrate administrative capacity, including experienced personnel.
(m) Developers shall be required to comply with all rules and orders that may be promulgated, from time to time, by the Commissioner and consistent with the Connecticut General Statutes for the development and management of projects.
The Commissioner may waive any nonstatutory requirements imposed by 8-37y-1 to 8-37y-13, inclusive, of these regulations. Requests for a waiver shall be in writing, addressed to the Commissioner. Such waiver may only be granted with sufficient evidence that:
(1) the literal enforcement of such provisions provide for exceptional difficulty or unusual hardship not caused by the recipient;
(2) the benefit to be gained by waiver of the provisions is clearly outweighed by the detriment which shall result from enforcement;
(3) the waiver is in harmony with conserving public health, safety and welfare; and
(4) the waiver is in the best interest of the state.