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

Annual DEEP Greenways Council Trails Symposium

The Governor’s Greenways Council, in partnership with Goodwin College, is excited to announce its fourth annual Connecticut Trails Symposium will take place October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College’s East Hartford campus (Community Room, 211 Riverside Dr).

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SCCOG Completes Fiscal Impact Analysis Report and Tool

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, with assistance from 4ward Planning, Inc., recently completed a two-phase project concerning municipal expenditures and the fiscal impacts of land development in member municipalities.

Phase One of the project produced a report that examines municipal and school-district expenditures and liabilities. The report profiles each community and identifies regional trends. Phase Two of the project built upon data collected during Phase One to create individualized tools for each municipality. The Phase Two tools are intended to estimate new tax revenue and municipal and school-district expenditures associated with future residential, commercial, and industrial development, based on project-specific inputs from municipal staff.

Phase One Report

City of Norwich to Hold Public Input Session for Safety Improvements to Central Avenue Corridor, Greenville

The City of Norwich will host a forum to receive community input into planned pedestrian-safety improvements to Central Avenue in Greenville. Planned improvements include painted pedestrian bumpouts and curb extensions.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Greenville Fire Department Community Room, 446 North Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360
Primary Contact: Dan Daniska, Assistant City Planner. P- 860.823.3745 x3773. E- ddaniska@cityofnorwich.org

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SCCOG Adopts Regional Wastewater Management Plan:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments adopted a Regional Wastewater Management Plan on July 17. The plan creates an understanding of the current condition of the centralized wastewater systems in the region, contains projections for demand and facility capacity, identifies infrastructure at-risk to natural hazards, and establishes recommendations for local and regional solutions to meet projected wastewater demand.

Regional Wastewater Management Plan (2019)

Public Workshop – SUBASE New London Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Regional Housing/Transportation Plan:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is conducting a study to identify and plan for future demands for housing and transportation across the region as a result of expanded activities at General Dynamics Electric Boat and Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE New London).

Attend a public workshop on July 15th to learn more about this initiative, review findings, and provide feedback on initial, recommended housing strategies and transportation improvements. Visit www.subasenewlondonjlus.com for more information.

Workshop Announcement

Public Input Sought on Interstate 95, Exit 74 Improvements:

A public comment period is open through June 7th on proposed improvements to the Interstate 95, Exit 74 interchange (Route 161) in East Lyme. Comments may be directed to Susan.Libatique@ct.gov.

On May 23rd, 2019 the Connecticut Department of Transportation presented the preliminary design for Project No. 44-156: I-95 Interchange 74 Improvements at Route 161. This 3-4 year project is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021, and will utilize approximately $142 million in Federal and State transportation funds.

Presentation

The Connecticut Port Authority Opens New Round of Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) Grants:

On April 24, 2019, the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for project funding under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP), a competitive grant program managed by the CPA. Under SHIPP, Connecticut municipalities and other entities, with property in or adjacent to waters of the state, may apply for matching funds to conduct a project that improves infrastructure or management of their local waterway.

All applications are due to the Connecticut Port Authority by 4:00 p.m. on June 12th. For the application and more information, please visit www.ctportauthority.com.

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