Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments

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

SCCOG Seeks Public Consultation for Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan:

SCCOG has kicked off the region’s upcoming natural hazard mitigation plan update. SCCOG produces a natural hazard mitigation plan every five years on behalf of its member municipalities and affiliate-member tribal nations. Importantly, maintaining the natural hazard mitigation plan enables municipalities and tribal nations for hazard mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In 2022, SCCOG is able to leverage important work being done by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), and will produce a “Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan”, which will be more forward-looking in nature. The plan will also help align the region with new State funding programs that are expected in the latter half of 2022.

Public Meetings

Two public information meetings were held in early August, with the purpose of engaging are residents to identify hazard and climate vulnerabilities.

One or more additional meetings will be held in the fall or winter of 2022, in order to engage the public in development of plan goals and mitigation strategies.

Survey and Story Map

An online, internet-based experience called a “story map” can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/yv7zck7h. The story map provides a helpful background on hazard and climate vulnerabilities, and offers an overview of the process for developing the plan. An optional survey is embedded in the story map.

Comments and Questions

Comments and questions may be sent directly to SCCOG at office@seccog.org.

If language assistance is needed, please contact SCCOG at 860-889-2324, office@seccog.org.
Si necesita asistencia lingüística, por favor comuníquese a 860-889-2324, office@seccog.org.
如果您需要语言帮助,请致电 860-889-2324或发送电子邮件至 office@seccog.org.

[Updated: 8/8/22]
White Paper – Remote Meeting Requirements as Required by Public Act 22-3: An Act Concerning Remote Meetings under the Freedom of Information Act (2022):

On April 28, 2022, Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act No. 22-3, which permanently establishes the requirements for wholly or partially virtual public meetings in Connecticut. This White Paper discusses the requirements established by PA 22-3, and is intended to be a resource by municipal agencies and staff.

White Paper

SCCOG Initiates Two Corridor Studies:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments has received funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) to perform two Transportation Corridor Studies, one of Route 32 in New London and the other of Route 161 in East Lyme. The SCCOG has retained engineering firm, Fuss & O’Neill as lead consultant on the Route 32 study; the BETA Group was selected to conduct the Route 161 study.

The two studies will analyze multimodal transportation accommodation through the respective corridors, and will explore ways to reduce traffic congestion and to improve safety. Both studies will include a robust public engagement process, including the formation of a study advisory committee for each study, several outreach methods and opportunities, and the creation of project websites.

The Route 32 Corridor Study web site may be found at this link: www.Route32Study.com

The Route 161 Corridor Study web site may be found at this link: www.Route161CorridorStudy.com

For further information concerning the Route 32 Corridor Study, contact James Butler at jbutler@seccog.org; for the Route 161 Corridor Study contact Kate Rattan at krattan@seccog.org.

Employment Opportunity – Regional Planner (Planner I or Planner II)

Deadline: May 27, 2022, or until filled.

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments seeks a highly motivated and creative Regional Planner to join its team of passionate and dedicated planning professionals. The candidate who fills this position will work in all facets of planning at both the local and regional level and will gain valuable experience working in a collaborative and supportive environment.

The Regional Planner participates in comprehensive planning activities and functions, assists with the administration of SCCOG’s transportation planning program, and provides assistance to member municipalities. May attend night meetings. SCCOG staff have the opportunity to gain experience in multiple subject areas including land use regulation, economic development, natural resource conservation, transportation, housing, human services, sustainability and resilience, and emergency management.

This is a full-time, 35 hour per week position. SCCOG offers a highly competitive benefits package including flexibility in work scheduling, health insurance, a pension plan and optional 457(b) retirement plan, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick/vacation leave accrual, reimbursement of APA/AICP dues, and compensatory time for attendance at night meetings.

The position of Planner I requires a bachelor’s degree in planning or related field; Planner II requires a master’s degree in planning or related field plus 1 year experience, or bachelor’s and three years’ experience.

Position Description – Regional Planner (Planner I/II)

2022 Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) Solicitation:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is pleased to announce the 2022 solicitation for projects under the Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP). LOTCIP funds municipal transportation projects in the census-designated urbanized area, affecting arterial and collector roadways. Projects must have a minimum construction cost of $300,000 to be eligible. Pre-application submissions are due to SCCOG by 4:00pm on May 20th.

Municipalities are invited to join a virtual information session on April 27th, at 10:00am. The information session will cover the application process and allow for question and answer. A recording will be posted.

LOTCIP Solicitation Memo (4/20/22)

April 27 Information Session Recording (New)

April 27 Information Session Slides (New)

Peak Hour Excessive Delay (New)