Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
DEMHS Region 4 Recovery Steering Committee
Staff at SCCOG, the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG), and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Region 4 are staffing and coordinating a region-wide long-term recovery effort with municipalities, non-profits, business leaders, faith-based organizations, and healthcare providers. The DEMHS Region Recovery Steering Committee convened on June 24th and is part of the State’s long-term recovery framework.
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.
Opportunity for Public Comment – Draft 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):
Draft 2021-2024 STIP
In accordance with the provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 23 U.S.C. §135, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has developed a draft 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) covering all areas of Connecticut. The STIP lists all federally funded transportation improvements, by funding category and region, which are scheduled to occur over the next four years.
The CTDOT will hold a public comment period for the draft STIP and accompanying draft “Ozone and PM2.5 Air Quality Conformity Determination” beginning August 24, through October 9, 2020. Instructions for providing public comments are located here on the CTDOT website. Draft documents related to the STIP can be found on CTDOT website, as well as the SCCOG TIP page.
Draft 2021-2024 TIP
Regionally, SCCOG prepares and maintains a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document, which lists all proposed transportation improvements in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), funded by federal and state funds, during the same four-year time period.
SCCOG will hold a public comment period beginning September 1, through October 1, 2020. SCCOG held two meetings with opportunity for public comment on the TIP. Recordings and minutes from these meetings are located on the TIP Page and Meetings Page.
The public will have two opportunities to comment on SCCOG’s draft TIP at virtual meetings held the morning and evening of September 16. Participation instructions and agendas for both these meetings will be posted to both the TIP page and the Meetings page within at least one week of September 16. Members of the public may also provide written and verbal comments in the following formats:
- Letter mailed to 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360.
- E-mail to email@example.com
- Phone: 860-889-2324
All documents related to the draft 2021-2024 TIP can be found on the SCCOG TIP page.
How do the STIP and TIP affect me?
The STIP and TIP are important documents that represent the direction of transportation capital improvements over a four-year period. Transportation infrastructure is vital to our modern world and includes roads and bridges, public transportation like buses and trains, as well as sidewalks, multi-use paths, and ferries.
If language assistance is needed, please contact SCCOG at 860-889-2324, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Si necesita asistencia lingüística, por favor comuníquese a 860-889-2324, email@example.com.