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 Applications for CT DOT Transportation Rural Improvement Program (TRIP) 
[rev. 11/16/22]

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking applications for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CT DOT) TRIP grant program. This funding opportunity is intended exclusively for rural municipalities, for the purpose of funding construction of stand-alone transportation improvement projects. The State of Connecticut has authorized $5 million in funding, each year over a three-year span. This is a competitive, state-wide program; projects will be prioritized for funding based on CT DOT ranking criteria.   

Draft applications for TRIP must first be submitted to SCCOG, and are due to SCCOG by December 15, 2022 January 7, 2023. Application materials should be sent to Kyle Casiglio at kcasiglio@seccog.org. For more information on TRIP please see the following resources:

TRIP Solicitation 2022

TRIP Guidelines (CT DOT) – REVISED

TRIP Informational Webinar

TRIP Webinar Presentation

If information is needed in another language, contact 860-889-2324, office@seccog.org.
Si necesita información en otro idioma, llame al 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.

Two (2) Public Meetings to be Held for Route 161 and Route 32 Corridor Studies:

[Rev. 11/4]

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) and the Town of East Lyme and the City of New London, is leading two (2) separate corridor studies. The two corridor studies will analyze and develop alternatives for improvements to Route 32 in New London, in the area of Connecticut College, and to Route 161 in East Lyme, between East Lyme High School and Route 156, supportive of improving safety and mobility of all road users.

The two (2) planned public meetings will provide the public an opportunity to learn about each project and provide input.

Route 161 Corridor Study Public Meeting

[Meeting Recording uploaded 11/4]

Public Meeting Announcement

Date/Time: Thursday, October 25, 6:00-7:30pm
Location: East Lyme High School Auditorium, 30 Chesterfield Rd, East Lyme, CT

Project Website

Route 32 Corridor Study Public Meeting

Public Meeting Announcement

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 2, 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT

Project Website

If information is needed in another language, contact 860-889-2324, office@seccog.org.
Si necesita información en otro idioma, llame al 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.

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 multi-modal 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 either study, contact James Butler at jbutler@seccog.org.