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

Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) Application Solicitation:

UPDATED May 18th

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, 4:00 p.m.  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.

Memo

CT DOT LOTCIP page

SCCOG LOTCIP guidelines

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.

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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

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.

Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan, Final Draft – Comment Period Open through October 20th, 2019

The Final Draft of the 2019 Southeastern Connecticut Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan is available for review and comment at www.bikewalksect.com. The 2019 Southeastern Connecticut Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan inventories regional programs and assets, identifies a regional network for cyclists, analyzes pedestrian environments, and culminates in recommendations that will lead to a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly region.

A Public Meeting is scheduled for October 10th, 5:30pm, at the Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, Groton, CT.

Comments may be submitted electronically to Kate Rattan (SCCOG) and/or Kevin Tedesco (AECOM), or in-person at the October 10 meeting.

Kate Rattan, AICP
Planner III/Transportation Program Manager
Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
krattan@seccog.org

Kevin Tedesco
Transportation Planner
AECOM
kevin.tedesco@aecom.com

New White Paper: Short-term Rentals

Short term rentals, or STRs, (known colloquially by their brand names such as ‘Airbnbs’ and ‘VRBOs,’ short for ‘Vacation Rental By Owners’) are currently a growing segment of the travel market. This paper discusses common land-use issues related to STRs, the current law, and ways in which towns may regulate STRs.

White Paper

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