Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
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.
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.
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.
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: coming shortly
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.
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.