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.
Global Resilience Institute Completes Regional Resilience Baseline Assessment on Behalf of the State of Connecticut and DEMHS Region 4 Regional Resilience Steering Committee:
The State of Connecticut contracted with the Global Resilience Institute (GRI), out of Northeastern University, to produce baseline assessments of the initial and on-going impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in each of Connecticut’s five Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) regions.
The baseline assessment provides a firm knowledge base to the DEMHS Region 4 Regional Recovery Steering Committee. The report can be used to identify fundable initiatives moving forward, and served to demonstrate need for such funding. The final report for DEMHS Region 4 was completed in late February 2021.
On December 10th, SCCOG began a solicitation of CMAQ projects from municipalities and transit districts. CMAQ is a federally funded program that funds a wide range of projects that addresses traffic congestion and air quality. Eligible projects include transit facility improvements, bicycle paths, and alternative-fuel vehicle purchases. A detailed listing of eligible projects is included in the CMAQ guide below.
Project applications must be submitted to SCCOG by Friday, February 19th. SCCOG will submit prioritized projects to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) by April 7th.
Contact SCCOG Transportation Program Manager, Kate Rattan if you have questions or require assistance.
Volunteers are needed with a wide range of skills, to step up and and assist in COVID-19 programs across the state. Volunteers may be assigned to assist in hospitals, at vaccination and testing sites, with administrative tasks, to help deliver food to those who need to self-isolate or quarantine, and more.
Visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers to learn how to volunteer in medical and non-medical settings.
On January 27th, the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments held its annual meeting with the region’s legislative delegation to discuss SCCOG’s 2021 legislative priorities.
Under contract with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), VN Engineers has prepared a plan entitled: Regional Transportation Safety Plan, Southeastern Region Connecticut. The plan is intended to help SCCOG-member municipalities coordinate with the CTDOT in an effort to reduce fatal and injurious vehicle crashes on their local roads. The plan was prepared with local input, and was adopted by the SCCOG Board at its regular meeting on January 20, 2021.
SCCOG Undertakes City of Groton Parking Plan as a Continuation of SUBASE New London Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Effort:
SCCOG is working with the City of Groton to develop a plan to manage the supply of parking for City businesses, residents, and visitors. The plan will help the City determine strategies to meet current and future parking needs, while preserving the City’s desirability as a place to live and work. SCCOG received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to support this work.
Visit https://www.cityofgrotonparkingplan.com/ for additional information and updates.
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 across eastern Connecticut. The DEMHS Region 4 Recovery Steering Committee convened on June 24th and is part of the State’s long-term recovery framework.
Information related to this effort can be found on the DEMHS Region 4 Recovery Steering Committee webpage.