Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments

About

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.

Regional Planning

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.

Transportation Planning

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.

News

Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) Application Solicitation:

SCCOG is now soliciting transportation projects proposals for funding by the Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP), through the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT). The SCCOG region has  approximately $8 Million available in funding for this round of LOTCIP projects, and it is anticipated that the program will continue to be funded in future years, with an annual allocation of $5 Million to southeastern Connecticut.

Eligible transportation projects include reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads functionally classified as Urban Collector or higher, bridges meeting the Federal definition in 23 CFR 650.305, and stand-alone sidewalk projects. Projects must have an estimated cost of $300,000 or more. LOTCIP requires municipalities to fund 100% of design costs; the State funds 100% of construction costs.

SCCOG member municipalities are invited to provide one or more LOTCIP pre-applications no later than 2:00pm on March 18th. Please see the memo below for more details regarding the application process.

Memo

CT DOT LOTCIP page

SCCOG LOTCIP guidelines

Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) to Host Land Use Commissioner Training with SCCOG:

The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), of the UConn Extension service, will host free training for municipal land use commissioners on April 29th and May 13th. Please register before April 17th, 2020 by calling 860-889-2324 or E-mailing office@seccog.org. Please mention Land Use Workshop in the subject line.

FLYER

April 29th, 7:00 PM, at SCCOG Offices (5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich)
Topic: Legal Requirements & Procedures; Roles & Responsibilities
Presenter: Bruce Hyde, AICP, Land Use Academy Director, UConn CLEAR

May 13th, 7:00 PM, at SCCOG Offices (5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich)
Topic: Fundamentals of Reading Plans
Presenter: Bruce Hyde, AICP, Land Use Academy Director, UConn CLEAR

Eastern Connecticut Land Bank Makes Presentation at SCCOG Meeting:

Members of the board of the Eastern Connecticut Land Bank presented to the SCCOG Board of Directors on January 15th. The Eastern Connecticut Land Bank is a newly formed organization with the mission of providing support to eastern Connecticut municipalities with and/or contaminated properties. The Eastern Connecticut Land Bank is envisioned to be a partner organization in acquiring, investigation, remediating, and marketing properties, such as brownfields, for reuse. The Eastern Connecticut Land Bank is seeking certification from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (CT DECD) as a “Brownfield Lank Bank”.

Presentation

Report: Regional Plan for Housing and Transportation Associated with Expansion of Submarine Ship-building in Southeastern Connecticut (SUBASE New London Joint Land Use Study Implementation Project):

The JLUS Implementation Plan projects future demands across the region for housing and transportation and recommends policies and infrastructure investments to meet those demands. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment with the participation of SUBASE New London and the Cities of New London and Groton and Towns of Ledyard, Montville, Groton, and Waterford. A second phase of the project, still in progress, is reviewing Town of Groton land use regulations applicable to properties immediately adjacent to SUBASE New London.

Report

Resumen en Español (Spanish-language Summary)

Public Comment Period/Periodo de Revisión Pública/公众评论的机会 – Revisions to Public Participation and Consultation Process for Transportation Planning:

The Southeastern CT Council of Governments will open a public comment period from November 10, 2019 to December 25, 2019 on revisions to the agency’s Public Participation and Consultation Process for Transportation Planning. Click here for a copy of the proposed revisions. Comments should be submitted in writing via email to office@seccog.org or to SCCOG, 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360.