Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is a public agency with representatives from twenty-two towns, cities, and boroughs, formed to provide a basis for intergovernmental cooperation in dealing with a wide range of issues. SCCOG was organized in October of 1992, taking over the mission of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (SCRPA), which had been in existence since January 1961.
Primary focus areas of SCCOG are: regional planning, which includes producing studies and plans that affect the responsible development of the region; transportation planning and prioritization of State and Federal transportation funding, as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO); and providing regional services, which includes staffing assistance to local land use commissions and exploring additional avenues for cost savings and inter-municipal cooperation.
Duties assigned to Councils of Governments in Connecticut include establishing a plan of conservation and development for the region, assisting member municipalities, as well as State and other public and private agencies, and performing a variety of advisory review functions. SCCOG undertakes numerous of studies and initiatives each year, under the guidance of member municipalities.
Under Federal transportation law, SCCOG functions as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), responsible for coordinating transportation planning in southeastern Connecticut.
Regional and Other Services
In addition to its statutorily assigned duties, SCCOG’s functions include providing a basis for intergovernmental cooperation, aiding in the solution of regional issues, serving as a technical resource to its member municipalities, and providing a collective voice for the region.
CT Department of Transportation Opens Comment Periods for Niantic Rail Station Study and Transit Service Change Proposal:
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) is accepting comments on a draft feasibility study evaluating the potential for a passenger rail station in the Town of East Lyme’s village of Niantic, as well as proposed service changes to CT Transit bus service and rail services, including Shore Line East.
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 19th, beginning at 8:30am, in regards to two proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The proposed amendments seek to add two transportation projects to the MTP.
The public hearing will be held remotely over Zoom. Instructions for accessing the Zoom hearing are contained in the agenda below.
A 30-day public comment period will begin May 10th and end June 8th. Copies of the proposed amendments are linked below. Comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Resilience Institute Completes Regional Resilience Baseline Assessment on Behalf of the State of Connecticut and DEMHS Region 4 Regional Resilience Steering Committee:
The State of Connecticut contracted with the Global Resilience Institute (GRI), out of Northeastern University, to produce baseline assessments of the initial and on-going impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in each of Connecticut’s five Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) regions.
The baseline assessment provides a firm knowledge base to the DEMHS Region 4 Regional Recovery Steering Committee. The report can be used to identify fundable initiatives moving forward, and served to demonstrate need for such funding. The final report for DEMHS Region 4 was completed in late February 2021.
Volunteers are needed with a wide range of skills, to step up and and assist in COVID-19 programs across the state. Volunteers may be assigned to assist in hospitals, at vaccination and testing sites, with administrative tasks, to help deliver food to those who need to self-isolate or quarantine, and more.
Visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers to learn how to volunteer in medical and non-medical settings.