MILFORD - State lawmakers say they have taken action to stop the use of a legal loophole to circumvent Milford's zoning laws.

Some developers have been accused of abusing a state statute that allows them to bypass certain zoning laws if they are building affordable housing.

Critics say that rule has allowed excessively large apartment complexes to be built on small plots of land.

State lawmakers discussed a new law Tuesday that sidesteps the existing loophole, placing a one-year freeze on all proposed projects.

Officials say the new law would give the city more time to figure out whether plans should be approved.