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

Employment Opportunity – Zoning Enforcement Officer:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking a regional Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) to serve in several municipalities. Duties include: receiving and investigating zoning violation complaints; issuing notices of violation; issuing cease and desist orders as necessary; issuing Certificates of Zoning Compliance; advising municipal Zoning Boards of Appeal (ZBA).

This position is intended to be full-time; however, applicants interested in working on a part-time basis will be considered. Successful applicants will have a background in Zoning and/or Planning. Certification as a Certified Zoning Enforcement Officer is required by January 1, 2023.

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DEMHS Region 4 Regional Emergency Planning Team Approves FY 2021 Budget:

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.

FY 2021 Approved Region 4 REPT Budget

White Paper – Municipal Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis Establishments:

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 Seeks Recovery Coordinator:

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).

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