Regional Council of Elected Officials has a policy-making board consisting of the chief elected officials of the planning region. The regional council can assume the planning responsibilities of an RPA, unlike a COG which may have a separate regional planning commission. COGCNV is actually an RCEO, not a COG. COGCNV was originally established prior to COG legislation. Under COGCNV bylaws, a standing committee referred to as the Regional Planning Commission serves a similar role to that of an RPC in a COG.


Regional Planning Agency is the oldest form of regional planning organization (RPO). An RPA consists of a policy board with two representatives: the chief elected official or a designee of the CEO and an appointment from the municipal planning commission. Municipalities with populations of 25,000 or more are entitled to additional representatives.


Refers to a process that allows people’s needs, preferences and values to be reflected in decisions. Planning occurs at many different levels, from day-to-day decisions made by individuals and families, to major decisions made by governments and businesses that have comprehensive, long-term impacts on society. Management can be considered a short-term form of planning, while planning can be considered a longer-term form of management.


Federal Emergency Management Agency

You can find more information on the FEMA website.


The cooperation or joint provision of public services between municipalities.

urban area

A United States Census Bureau-defined geographic area of contiguous census block groups with a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile.


The effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.

address bar

The address bar is a text box, usually at the top of a web mapping application, which an address can be typed into as a search box.


State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

You can find more information on the OPM website.


Unified Planning Work Plan is an annual or biennial statement of work identifying the planning priorities and activities to be carried out within a metropolitan planning area.