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 to Host Open Space Planning Workshops in February:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments will host a series of public workshops to inform the development of its Regional Open Space Plan. This plan will help to guide conservation and recreation decisions in the region over the coming years.

Public Workshops Flyer

Notificación de Reunione Públicos

The planned workshops will provide the public an opportunity to learn about the plan and provide direct input. The scheduled dates and locations are as follows:

Saturday, February 11th, 10:00am – 11:00am
Public Library of New London
63 Huntington St, New London, CT 06320
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Monday, February 13th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Zoom Video/Teleconference
Click Here to Register
Meeting ID: 854 1341 5989  |  Call-in number: +1 (929) 205 6099 US (New York)
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Wednesday, February 15th, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Otis Library
261 Main St, Norwich, CT 06360

SCCOG is also seeking feedback through an online survey, which seeks to identify how residents use, or would like to use, open space. That can be found below.

Open Space Survey.

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.

Hiring: Building Code Enforcement Official:

Deadline: February 1, 2023, or until filled.

The Building Code Enforcement Official performs all duties relating to the inspection and permitting of construction activities. The Building Code Enforcement Official will provide services on an ongoing basis to one or more towns and may provide services to additional towns as needed under the direction of SCCOG’s Executive Director.

  • Reviews, interprets, enforces and implements applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and the State Building Code.
  • Reviews and approves construction plans and specifications and performs inspections for conformance with the State Building Code. Enforce corrective actions as needed.
  • Assists in coordination of review of permit applications with other Town departments and appropriate agencies.
  • Discuss pertinent problems with builders, architects, engineers, and owners and advise and assist.
  • Confers with contractors, town officials, property owners, and the general public to provide information and resolve problems and address complaints. Ensure compliance with approved plans.
  • Investigate violations; keep records and make reports.

Full Job Description

Hiring: Planner/Zoning Enforcement Officer:

Deadline: December 20, 2022, or until filled.

Full-time Development Services position with the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments acting as Zoning Enforcement Officer/Blight Officer for several towns in southeastern Connecticut. Duties will include receiving and investigating zoning violation complaints, issuing notices of violation, issuing cease and desist orders as necessary, signing off on Certificates of Zoning Compliance, and advising municipal Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBAs).

Additional planning tasks may include contributing to local and regional plans; reviewing applications; conducting research regarding social and fiscal indicators, laws, and regulations; advising municipal planning/zoning commissions, Inland Wetlands commissions, and other regulatory committees.

Certification as a Certified Zoning Enforcement Officer must be obtained within one year of employment. Part-time applicants may be considered. Salary will be dependent upon experience and qualifications of applicant.

This position is partially funded by a State of Connecticut Regional Performance Incentive Program grant intended to enable regional Councils of Governments to expand the types of services available to member municipalities.

Background Desired: Experience in Zoning and/or Planning; Certification as a Certified Zoning Enforcement Officer and/or AICP certification preferred.

Full Job Description

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.

Request for Qualifications – Norwich Chelsea Harbor and Downtown Corridor Study

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is seeking consultant services to conduct a corridor study of the Chelsea Harbor and downtown Norwich area. The Chelsea Harbor/Downtown Mobility Study is a key component in the City of Norwich’s efforts to provide streets that are safe and accessible for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. The planning study goals will include improvements to livability, mobility, access to essential services, safe routes to the waterfront and Howard T. Brown Park, the Intermodal Transportation Center, the Norwich Marina and other downtown destinations; through expanded bicycle facilities, sidewalk network improvements, and the reconfiguration of multi-lane, high-speed through streets that currently exist as a barrier between downtown proper and the City’s waterfront area, East, and West Side neighborhoods. There is a need for improved wayfinding for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users, as the downtown is currently a confusing maze of one-way, high-speed streets with a number of signalized intersections and expansive pavement widths that make travel difficult for residents and visitors alike.

Submission instructions and additional details are contained in the RFQ below. Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, December 23, 2022. 

Request for Qualifications

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]