NVision 2022

Naugatuck Valley Conference on 

Fostering Equitable Development

NVision 2022 was a one-day regional conference that brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors, elected officials, and community members to discuss our region’s future.

This year’s discussions and presentations were underpinned by the concept of equity. Interactive sessions with expert panelists helped frame the Greater Naugatuck Valley’s path on key issues related to:

  • Transportation
  • Affordable Housing
  • Public Involvement

The conference featured an engaging agenda that included appearances from Guest Speakers Governor Ned Lamont and Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary. It took place at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. This event was free and open to everyone.

“Moving the Masses May be Micro” Presentation & Panel

As energy prices continue to rise and roadway safety is increasingly in focus, Connecticut and the nation are turning toward walking, biking, and other micro-mobility solutions to make up gaps in the transportation system. Bikes, scooters, hoverboards, and other personal transport devices provide a more, but not perfectly, attainable alternative to car ownership, especially for lower-income individuals living in or near urban centers.

This session provided an overview of the current state of infrastructure, legality, and safety barriers to more widespread adoption of micro-mobility devices, as well as discussed ways that municipalities and the COG can work together to improve access.

“Home-Field Advantages of Local Affordable Housing” Presentation & Panel

The location, size, and type of affordable housing development is inherently a local level decision. However, over the last few years, many municipalities in the Naugatuck Valley Region have faced similar housing-related challenges that are changing the housing conditions of our communities.

This session explored how affordable housing development can create opportunities for economic and social mobility and how meeting the needs of all residents creates more resilient and diverse communities.

“Justice Isn’t Just Us: Pursuing an Equitable Environment” Presentation & Panel

Many communities affected by Environmental Justice issues have historically been left out of planning and decision making processes. Involving community members and organizations not only enhances understanding of and by the target population, but it is also fundamental to identifying the best way to meet the community’s needs.

This session explored the significance of Environmental Justice and narrowed in on strategies to build the community’s capacity to be meaningfully involved in the environmental decisions that affect their lives.

A Special Thank You to our Partners Eversource & Avangrid

Without the generous support of Eversource and Avangrid, this event would not have been possible. Click below to explore their slides and recordings of their speeches.

Eversource Recording | Eversource Slides
Avangrid Recording | Avangrid Slides

318 North Main Street, Southington

Project Type: Remediation

Activities: 318 North Main LLC. has received a loan through the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund program. Loan funding will be applied to eligible remediation activities at 318 North Main Street, Southington. The borrower intends to remediate and redevelop the site as medical office space. Staff at the Naugatuck Valley Council of Government in conjunction with Arcadis, the selected environmental firm, and the Town of Southington have undergone the public engagement process clearing the way for remedial activities to commence.

Project Status: Remedial activities are currently taking place with construction expected to commence late Summer 2022.

Southington 318 North Main Street

Project Type: Remediation

Activities: 318 North Main LLC. has received a loan through the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. Loan funding will be applied to eligible remediation activities at 318 North Main Street, Southington. The borrower intends to remediate and redevelop the site as proposed office space. The Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) engaged for the project has developed a draft Analysis of Brownfields Clean-up Alternatives (ABCA) and a draft Community Relations Plan (CRP). The draft ABCA and CRP are available for public review and written comments. Written comments will be accepted until November 5th. All written comments regarding the ABCA & CRP may be submitted via email or  U.S. Postal Service to Ricardo Rodriguez (rrodriguez@nvcogct.gov), NVCOG, 49 Leavenworth Street, Third Floor, Waterbury, CT 06702. The ABCA & CRP can be viewed through the following link:   https://nvcogct.gov/318-n-main-st-southington-remediation-meeting/   Update: Public Meeting was held October 13th, 2020 at 7pm.

Project Status: QAPP is currently under EPA review. The project is in the public comment period.