Regional Waste Authority Study

This study will analyze existing waste management practices among the 19 municipalities and recommend paths to regionalization. One possible outcome is the formation of a Regional Waste Authority, which could engage in shared services & staff, collaborative purchasing, and regional programming.

Complete Streets Guidebook

The NVCOG Complete Streets Guidebook outlines evidence-based interventions for making streets safer, more vibrant community spaces. The guidebook is a resource for elected officials and public works staff working to transform streets in the NVCOG region into vital, safe community spaces that accommodate all residents.

Housing Needs Assessment

The NVCOG creates Housing Needs Assessments (HNA) to assist its member municipalities in better understanding their housing stock by estimating housing gaps and surpluses and household cost burden.

2025-2028 TIP/STIP

The Transportation Improvement Program is the most important way that local elected officials set the direction of federal transportation spending. The next TIP, which covers federal fiscal years 2025-2028 will begin on October 1st, 2024, and is currently available for the public to review and comment before the MPO boards act to endorse them.

Regional Housing Profile

The NVCOG completed the organization’s first Regional Housing Profile (RHP) in 2022. The Regional Housing Profile compiles data from all 19 communities in the region to create a regional overview of housing trends and provide strategies for improving housing stock and housing affordability. 

Statutory Land Use Referrals

The State of Connecticut mandates that municipalities refer specific proposals to amend and/or establish zoning maps and regulations, subdivision plans, and Plans of Conservation and Development to the regional council of governments for advisory review.

Regional Open Space Inventory

The U.S. Forest Service awarded NVCOG a grant to research and catalog priority Open Space parcels across the region. The major deliverable of this project will be a GIS map layer of OS with detailed attributes including ownership, acreage, level of legal protection, public access status, and more.

Tree Canopy Assessment

The U.S. Forest Service awarded NVCOG a grant to assess, map, and characterize tree cover across the region. A robust tree cover mitigates high temperatures, filters air pollution, and can improve property values and quality of life in urban areas.

VMT Reduction Strategy

A common measure of transportation system performance is vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which looks at the total number of miles driven by personal cars across a given area. A reduction in VMT typically yields benefits for congestion, air quality, and can help reduce costs for drivers.