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. The Council 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 Regional Services, which includes staffing assistance to local land use commissions and exploring additional avenues for cost savings and inter-municipal cooperation.

For more information about SCCOG, including membership and committee information, see the About page. For member municipality web links, see the bottom of this page.

Public Input Sought on Interstate 95, Exit 74 Improvements:

A public comment period is open through June 7th on proposed improvements to the Interstate 95, Exit 74 interchange (Route 161) in East Lyme. Comments may be directed to Susan.Libatique@ct.gov.

On May 23rd, 2019 the Connecticut Department of Transportation presented the preliminary design for Project No. 44-156: I-95 Interchange 74 Improvements at Route 161. This 3-4 year project is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021, and will utilize approximately $142 million in Federal and State transportation funds.

Presentation

The Connecticut Port Authority Opens New Round of Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) Grants:

On April 24, 2019, the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for project funding under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP), a competitive grant program managed by the CPA. Under SHIPP, Connecticut municipalities and other entities, with property in or adjacent to waters of the state, may apply for matching funds to conduct a project that improves infrastructure or management of their local waterway.

All applications are due to the Connecticut Port Authority by 4:00 p.m. on June 12th. For the application and more information, please visit www.ctportauthority.com.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan:

SCCOG adopted its 2019-2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) on March 20th.

The MTP is a policy document with a 25-year horizon, which sets priorities for Federal transportation funding in southeastern Connecticut. The MTP studies existing conditions and transportation needs, and makes recommendations for transportation improvements through the year 2045. The MTP is updated every four years.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2019-2045)

Five Southeastern Connecticut Municipalities Earn Community Connectivity Program Grants:

Colchester, Montville, New London, Norwich, and Sprague were awarded grants under the CT DOT Community Connectivity Program. Community Connectivity grants are used for capital projects that improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

  • Colchester: Town Green Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project, $397,030.00.
  • Montville: Route 32/163 Intersection Improvement, $378,000.00.
  • New London: Connectivity Improvements at Governor Winthrop Boulevard, Water Street, and Ferry Street (signals, sidewalks, crosswalks), $399,901.00.
  • Norwich: Franklin Square Safety Improvements (roundabout), $400,000.00.
  • Sprague: Shetucket River Nature Style Walkway, $400,000.00.

Press Release

Community Connectivity Program page

SCCOG 2019 Legislative Agenda:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments has adopted the following legislative agenda for the year 2019.

2019 Legislative Agenda

Recommendations of the SCCOG Task Force to Analyze the Municipal Tax Impact of Non-profit Agencies:

In 2018, a Task Force of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments was established to explore solutions to ease the impact of non-profit agencies on municipal Net Grand Lists and expenses. 

Among the Task Force participants were municipal chief elected officials/managers, municipal assessors, non-profit agency executives, a hospital representative, a representative of a private college, and SCCOG staff.

Final Report

SCCOG Embarks on Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Study:

SCCOG staff, with consultants from AECOM, are leading a planning process that will assess existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and identify gaps and future needs in pedestrian and bicycle networks. This study period will run through June 2019.

The study team is seeking input from constituents with an interest in bicycle and pedestrian transportation to drive planning recommendations.

Southeastern Connecticut Regional Bike & Pedestrian Plan website