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NEWSLETTER
Volume II, Issue 1
JULY 2022

Welcome to the SCRCOG monthly newsletter where you can find updates on our transportation planning, regional planning, and municipal services programs. 

Please visit the SCRCOG website for more information on who we are, what we do, and opportunities for public participation.
Laura Francis starts work as SCRCOG's New Deputy Director/Director of Transportation Planning
On July 19th, Laura Francis, former First Selectman of the Town of Durham, began her duties at SCRCOG as Deputy Director/ Director of Transportation Planner. Laura comes to SCRCOG with over thirty years of municipal experience, serving the Town of Durham as Assistant Town Clerk, Town Clerk, and–for the past 15 years–First Selectman.

As First Selectman, Laura completed major infrastructure projects such as culvert replacements, streetscapes, road preservation projects and waterway realignments using LOTCIP, Local Bridge, Connectivity, STEAP and Road Safety state and federal programs. She served on the negotiating team, working with CTDOT, which led to the merger of Middletown Area Transit and Estuary District Transit.

Laura has served as the President of the Council of Small Towns (COST), Chairman of the DEMHS Region 2 Regional Emergency Planning Team (REPT), Chairman of the South Central CT Workforce Alliance CEO Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Sustainable CT Board of Directors and currently is Co-Chair of the Connecticut Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management.

Laura served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Lower River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG), and was a Board member of the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and CIRMA. The RiverCOG Executive Committee, among other functions, serves the same role as SCRCOG's Transportation Committee.

SCRCOG is fortunate to be adding Laura’s extensive municipal knowledge and experience to our team. Laura can be reached at lfrancis@scrcog.org or at 203-466-8624.
SCRCOG's Senior Regional Planner Eugene Livshits moves on to become Hamden's Town Planner
After 14 years as SCRCOG’s Senior Regional Planner, Eugene Livshits has begun new duties as Town Planner for the Town of Hamden. Eugene successfully managed many projects at SCRCOG including: the Multi- Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Regional GIS Program, the Regional Recreational Trails Program, the South Central CT Regional Plan of Conservation and Development and, most recently, the Regional Housing Plan.

Although the Council of Governments has lost an integral part of our planning team, all of us at SCRCOG are happy and excited for our colleague as he takes on his new responsibilities for the Town of Hamden.
Staff Promotions for Andy Cirioli, Rebecca Andreucci, and James Rode; Solicitation for New Position
With the retirement of Stephen Dudley, the departure of Eugene Livshits and the hiring of Laura Francis, Andy Cirioli and Rebecca Andreucci assumed additional duties and responsibilities. Effective July 1st, they were formally promoted to new titles and duties. Andy’s new title is the Director of Regional Planning and Municipal Services. Rebecca has become a Senior Transportation Planner. James Rode received a title change and has become the Principal Transportation Planner.

The vacancy created by Andy’s promotion will be a Regional Planner position to be filled by public solicitation. That solicitation is ongoing and the Job Posting is here.

Request for Qualifications - Community Engagement Facilitator: SCRCOG is seeking qualifications from Consultants with expertise in community engagement and facilitation of discussions and educational forums, in the area of affordable housing. The Consultant will further the work of the recently adopted Affordable Housing Plans. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms are strongly encouraged to respond as a prime contractor or to play a significant role within a consultant team.

Responses are due by Friday, August 12, 2022 (3:00 p.m. local time).

If you would like to request a copy of the RFQ, please contact Andy Cirioli, Director of Regional Planning and Municipal Services via e-mail: acirioli@scrcog.org.

Download the Full RFQ Document
Adrian Beckford is the Sustainable CT intern assigned to SCRCOG this summer. He is available to assist SCRCOG municipalities and can be reached at sustainablect@scrcog.org.
DECD's CT Communities Challenge Grant Program (Round 2)
The Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) is undertaking a competitive grant application process to fund multiple projects under the CT Communities Challenge Grant Program in an effort to improve livability, vibrancy, convenience and appeal of communities throughout the state. The Program is intended to potentially create approximately 3,000 new jobs.  It is DECD’s goal to allocate up to 50% of the funds to eligible and competitive projects in distressed municipalities. Successful projects will likely include multiple of the below elements:
  • Transit-oriented development that densifies commercial and/or residential land uses near transit hubs,
  • Downtown / major hub development that improves or reuses existing property (Brownfields remediation may be a component of such application)
  • Essential infrastructure that facilitates future development
  • Housing to support affordability, accessibility and local workforce,
  • Mobility improvements that increase connectivity to transit and promotes economic activity, including pedestrian, ADA, and bicycle improvements
  • Public space improvements that provide amenities to the community, including open spaces, public art projects, wayfinding, and lighting and safety improvements

DECD invites municipalities, economic development agencies and regional council of governments to apply for the grant program.  DECD encourages public-private partnerships.  Eligible entities are welcome to partner with one or more private developers, business organizations, other institutions or each other, to submit an Application.

For examples of successful projects from Round 1, please see Governor Lamont's April 6, 2022 announcement of awardees.

WEBSITE | 2022 Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program
CT OPM Releases 2022 Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program
Municipalities are invited to apply for grants ranging between $200,000 and $2,000,000, for a wide range of planning and construction projects to advance State, regional, and local goals for transit-oriented development. This program provides grants for shovel-ready capital projects located within one-half (1/2) mile of existing public transportation facilities including rail, bus rapid transit (BRT) and/or a high-frequency, seven day per week local transit stop. Shovel-ready capital projects or certain activities to directly support such projects, including but not limited to the following:
  • new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement of existing facility/facilities
  • site improvements to support an eligible capital project
  • upgrades to existing public infrastructure to support an eligible capital project
  • land acquisition in support of an eligible capital project
According to the RFA, Shovel-Ready projects are defined as those which have:
  • Legislative body approval (eg. referendum, town meeting);
  • All other project funding, including match funds, has been secured;
  • All applicable local permits are in place, including but not limited to Inland Wetlands, Building, Planning and Zoning, etc;
  • All applicable State approvals and permits are in place, including but not limited to review by the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO), Flood Management Certification (FMC), Department of Transportation (DOT) Encroachment Permits, environmental reviews, etc;
  • Utility coordination plan established;
  • The Municipal Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) is in compliance with Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) 8-23
  • The project plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) are ready to be advertised;
Applications must be submitted electronically to OPM-TOD2022@ct.gov by 5:00pm on September 1, 2022.
WEBSITE | CT Communities Challenge Grant Program
Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant
The Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space, and to water companies to acquire land to be classified as Class I or Class II water supply property.
WEBSITE | Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program
Urban Green and Community Gardens Grant
CT DEEP's Urban Green and Community Gardens Grant Program provides funding assistance to develop or enhance urban open spaces for public enjoyment and/or environmental education. Promotion of open space in an urban setting may include, but may not be limited to, the development of a community garden or reclaiming and enhancing existing open space for the public's use.  Grants are awarded to projects that demonstrate the highest ability to benefit urban communities in close proximity to population centers.
WEBSITE | Urban Green and Community Gardens Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture Composting and Food Waste Reduction Grant
The USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP) offers funding under the Composting and Food Waste Reduction cooperative agreements. In 2022, $10.2 million will be awarded to fund pilot projects that develop and implement strategies for food waste reduction and compost plans. OUAIP is soliciting applications from local governments, school districts, and Native American tribes. Priority will be given to projects that include food waste reduction strategies, incorporate a plan to make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits, and involves multiple partners. Applications may be submitted until September 1, 2022 via grants.gov.
WEBSITE | Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) Cooperative Agreements
Transportation Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
Regional Planning Commission Meeting
Date and Time: Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
SCRCOG Board Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
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