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.
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region 4 Regional Emergency Planning Team (REPT), which is composed of Chief Elected Officials form SCCOG and the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG), along with several CEOs from two other councils of governments, unanimously approved of a spending plan for FY 2021 Homeland Security Grant funds at a September 8, 2021 meeting. This budget will now be the subject of a grant application to DEMHS. Under the proposed budget, SCCOG will remain the fiduciary for the Region 4 REPT.
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments recently released a white paper on the topic of Public Act 21-1, which legalizes adult recreational cannabis use and retail sale. The paper titled Municipal Obligations Related to the Passage of Public Act 21-1: An Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis, establishes guidance for municipalities navigating the law’s land-use components, which include regulation through zoning and municipal ordinances.
SCCOG and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) Hold Joint Press Conference Requesting Statewide Mask Mandate:
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) held a joint press conference on Friday, August 20th, regarding separate requests made by both councils of governments, to the Office of the Governor, for a statewide mask mandate.
Chief elected officials at both councils of governments broadly feel that a statewide mask mandate, which would replace individual municipal mandates allowed by Executive Order 13A, would better address the recent uptick in COVID-19 transmission in the State of Connecticut. Further, a statewide mandate would be consistent with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends in-part that all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons wear facial masks in indoor public places, in “high-transmission” areas; five of Connecticut’s eight counties, including New London County and “high-transmission” areas.
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments has issued a statement strongly recommending the wearing of facial masks in all indoor places where people gather with others who are not members of their immediate household, in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Such gathering places include businesses, offices, restaurants, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, places of worship, and cultural institutions.
This recommendation is consistent with updated guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued on July 27th, which encourages people living in high-transmission communities to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC labeled five of Connecticut’s eight counties, including New London County, as “high-transmission” areas, which have experienced a dramatic increase in the rate of infections over the past several weeks.
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking a Recovery Coordinator, a senior staff position responsible for leading all aspects of the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the SCCOG.
Desired qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration. or a related field, plus 5 years’ experience, or a Bachelors’ degree, plus 7 years’ experience.
This position will be filled for the period of time during which ARPA funding is made available to the SCCOG (anticipate through 6/30/2025).
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, in coordination with the Town of North Stonington and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, engaged engineering firm Tighe & Bond to complete a Corridor Study of Connecticut State Route 2 in North Stonington, from Holly Green to the rotary at CT-2 and CT-184. The study identifies bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly improvements designed to enhance safety, accommodate a broad range of users, and support regional livability. For more information, contact Kate Rattan, project manager, at email@example.com.