Both the House and the Senate have made it clear. With his signature, Gov. Ned Lamont has done the same and made history when it comes to zoning reform in Connecticut. Lamont officially signed HB 6107 into law, which provides long overdue statewide zoning reforms including legalizing accessory dwelling units, addressing outdated parking mandates, and requiring training for planning and zoning commissioners who are the front-line decision makers on zoning. These measures start the change Connecticut desperately needs from the ground up to reverse decades of exclusionary housing policy and establish a more inclusive path forward. It is no secret Connecticut\u2019s zoning laws continue to perpetuate residential segregation. Recently released reports \u2014 including RPA\u2019s Fairfield County Housing Needs Assessment, Desegregate CT\u2019s Zoning Atlas, and the State Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities\u2019 Zoning and Discrimination Report \u2014 confirm discriminatory policies and practices are embedded in the fabric of land use regulations across the state. For example, single-family homes are allowed as of right on over 90 percent of land in Connecticut, while other types of housing designed to accommodate people and families of diverse ages and incomes \u2014 like two-family homes, apartments and accessory dwelling units \u2014 are nearly impossible to build. That\u2019s just one glaring reflection of the legacy of redlining, racial steering and racially restrictive covenants that are clearly visible across our state. State housing policy enabled white families to purchase the single-family homes in suburban Connecticut after World War II and accumulate wealth over generations. Black and brown families, however, were systematically excluded. This racist and outdated \u201cone size fits all\u201d approach to zoning ignores the diverse housing needs of people across the state at different income levels and stages of life. Even if towns in Connecticut aren\u2019t actively trying to be exclusionary, it is clear our regulations are. There is a commonly held notion in Connecticut that the high price of housing is the cost of the high quality of life that many enjoy. The truth is that it is not a zero sum game. The fight to create a more equitable housing system in Connecticut played out in real time just last month during the course of a historic 24-hour public hearing on zoning reform at the state Legislature\u2019s Planning and Development Committee. Over 70 percent of speakers testified in support of zoning reform. Those speakers aged 40 and younger, 100 percent testified in support. And the message was clear. All communities need housing that meets the needs of all members of the community. Grocery store workers, teachers, home health aides, delivery people and other essential workers who literally kept communities alive throughout the pandemic are all part of the community, whether or not they live there. This new law means Connecticut will start to better invest in more housing options for more people. It means the steady habits of excluding the local workforce, losing our young people and forcing our seniors to move away from their communities will soon be a thing of the past. Communities can now begin to invest in more housing options that meet a range of housing needs is an investment in the future of Connecticut. In addition to welcoming the changes provided by this new law, towns should seize the power of this moment and go further, utilizing readily available resources like the Planning for Affordability Guidebook that Regional Plan Association created together with the Connecticut Department of Housing. The Guidebook leverages meaningful local conversations and actions to address the well documented need for more affordable homes in communities across the state. Connecticut can be an even greater place to live and can provide more great housing options for people of all incomes. This new law is the start we need to reform outdated and exclusionary zoning laws so Connecticut can emerge from the pandemic as a stronger, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous state. Melissa Kaplan-Macey is vice president of state programs and Connecticut director at Regional Plan Association.