Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments

SCCOG COVID-19 Announcements

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the SCCOG office is currently closed. Staff may be reached by email (see Contact page).

Meeting notes and recordings from SCCOG weekly COVID-19 teleconferences and SCCOG Board and Executive Committee meetings held during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the COVID-19 Teleconferences and Proceedings webpage.

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

5310 Grant Application Solicitation:

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced solicitation of Section 5310 grant applications. The 5310 Program utilizes Federal funding for capital and operating expenses for programs that improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This cycle of grants uses funds from Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019. Applications are due by 4pm on Friday, June 26, 2020.

SCCOG staff is available to provide application guideance; please contact Kate Rattan at krattan@seccog.org. Completed applications must be sent to CT DOT and SCCOG via Ms. Rattan, per application instructions, by the application deadline.

Flyer

CT DOT 5310 page

Application Materials

UPDATED May 18th: The Deadline for LOTCIP Pre-Applications is Now June 5th.

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.

On May 5th, 2020, the SCCOG Executive Committee voted to re-open the previously suspended LOTCIP 2020 grant application process. The new deadline for submission of pre-applications is Friday, June 5th, 4:00pm.  Municipalities that have already submitted an application do not need to resubmit. Applications may be emailed to Kate Rattan at krattan@seccog.org.

Please see the memo below for more details regarding the application process.

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CT DOT LOTCIP page

SCCOG LOTCIP guidelines

THIS TRAINING IS CANCELLED/POSTPONED. A NEW DATE IS TBD.

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.

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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