New Website for Waterbury West Main Street Corridor Study!

West Main Street going east facing the Green

The Project Team, including the City of Waterbury, NVCOG, CTDOT, and consultants Fuss & O’Neil and Fitzgerald & Halliday, have launched www.westmainstudy.com to provide easy access to project developments, documents, events, and public input. The intent of the study is to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities of this stretch of road to develop solutions that improve safety for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit riders, and drivers.

An interactive map will allow you to pinpoint locations that have issues related to mobility along West Main Street. The mapping tool also allows you to provide comments associated with those locations. Your input will guide the Project Team in identifying existing issues and needed improvements within the study area.

Also, follow the West Main Street Corridor Study on Facebook!

NVCOG-Resilient CT Workshop Announced

The NVCOG and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) invite you to a Resilient CT – NVCOG Regional Workshop, coordinated by Milone and MacBroom, on January 22nd.  The Resilient Connecticut project is studying climate vulnerability to heat, wind, and flooding in Fairfield and New Haven Counties and will recommend ways to adapt communities to the stressors, and where this cannot be done, how to get people out of harm’s way. The project will also address energy, economic and social resilience, how to increase transit connectivity, and create opportunities for affordable housing – all critical elements for a resilient community.

Municipal officials, staff, commissioners, and residents are encouraged to attend the January 22 workshop to learn about and provide feedback on tools that are currently being developed to assist communities with local and regional climate change planning.  You know your community the best, so we hope you will join us to share your local knowledge to help develop effective planning tools.

 
Please register at https://s.uconn.edu/nvcogjanby January 18th.
 
Background
CIRCA, in coordination with state agencies, regional councils of governments (COGs) and municipalities, has initiated Resilient Connecticut, as part of Phase II of the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. Resilient Connecticut will provide the state with a regional and watershed focused Climate Adaptation Planning Framework piloted in the Superstorm Sandy impacted regions of New Haven and Fairfield Counties. The project will generate recommendations for a Statewide Resilience Roadmap that includes regional resilience and adaptation planning, policy consideration, and actionable priorities. In addition, science‐based regional risk assessments will inform municipal to regional scale initiatives and pilot projects. Resilient Connecticut’s guiding principle is to establish resilient communities through smart planning that incorporates economic development framed around resilient transit-oriented development, conservation strategies, and critical infrastructure improvements.
More Information:

CT Planning Regions Proposed to Become County Equivalents

OPM COG Map

The State of Connecticut has requested, and the U.S. Census Bureau has proposed the addition of Connecticut’s Planning Regions to its list of geographic units that are treated as county equivalents for statistical purposes. This will align Census Bureau tabulations with the nine Planning Regions established and used by the State of Connecticut for the Regional Councils of Governments (COGs). The State’s eight counties ceased to function as governmental and administrative entities in 1960.

The proposal will put Connecticut on a level playing field with other states by:

  • Aligning data released by the Census Bureau with the Planning Regions used by the state rather than with defunct, historical geographies. This will improve the ability to use census data for planning and decision-making.
  • Allowing more entities in Connecticut to apply for competitive federal grants. Often federal grant programs are designed for and around counties. The lack of regional geographies recognized as county-equivalents by the Census Bureau makes cities and towns in Connecticut ineligible to apply for many federal grants that are limited to counties. Planning Region county equivalency will allow municipalities to more easily collaborate on federal grants submitted through their COGs, eliminating redundant grant administration and potentially leading to more competitive applications.

This has no effect on the current standing of counties and the home-rule of local government in Connecticut. More information on county equivalency can be found in:

Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Press Release

OPM County Equilvalency Story Map

Federal Register (includes a link to submit public comments)

The Federal Register 60-day comment period will run to February 12, 2021. The expectation is that, following the public comment period, the proposal would be adopted and go into effect for all official Census Bureau statistical and geospatial data products starting in 2023.

 

NVCOG is Hiring for Multiple Regional Planning Positions!

NVCOG is seeking qualified, experienced and motivated professionals to fill several full-time positions in agency management, transportation planning, regional planning, municipal planning, economic development, and environmental planning For more details about the openings see our employment page.

New Storymap Details Fish Passage Issues at Kinneytown Dam

An ineffective fish ladder at Kinneytown Dam in Seymour is currently preventing migratory fish from accessing miles of restored habitat upstream. NVCOG has joined the Naugatuck River Restoration Coalition with the goal of returning migratory fish to the Naugatuck by ensuring that safe, timely and effective fish passage is established at Kinneytown Dam.

The Coalition has developed this Interactive Story Map to explain the issue (mobile friendly, but best when viewed on a computer or tablet):

 

 

Kick-Off Meeting for the West Main Street Corridor Study in Waterbury

Road work ahead sign

On behalf of the City of Waterbury, the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments is conducting a virtual public workshop to discuss improvements that are needed to West Main Street in Waterbury between Route 8 and the Green. Please join us for an online discussion to learn about the goals and objectives of the West Main Street Corridor Study and to share your thoughts on how traffic, walking, biking, and bus access can be improved along the corridor.

Register to participate in the meeting at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6871735879652304143
Or join by audio by dialing 1-631-992-3221 and access code 942-927-244

Currently, we are in the “Existing Conditions” phase of the project, collecting data and input to learn as much as we can about the challenges and opportunities of this corridor.

 

Regional Recreation Guide now available online!

Image of the Regional Recreation Guide with displayed features.

Connecticut Community Foundation logo

NVCOG received a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation to create an online application that allows the public to easily find places in the Naugatuck Valley region where they can participate in low-cost or no-cost physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.  Information on more than 20 types of physical activities, such as playgrounds, baseball, and tennis are included. Works in all internet browsers on desktop and mobile devices.

Here is the link to the online interactive NVCOG Regional Recreation Guide.

Regional Recreation Guide

 

 

Regional Brownfields Partnership Annual Meeting

Waterbury, CT at the Matthews And Willard Factory Site

Thank you to everyone who attended the Virtual Regional Brownfields Partnership Annual Meeting that was held Friday, December 4, 2020, from 10 am to 12 pm.

Speakers included Marisa Chrysochoou, Associate Professor and Director of UConn’s CT Brownfield Initiative, Jim Bryne, Brownfields Coordinator from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, and Graham Stevens from CT DEEP.

See below for links to all presentations.

A full recording is available on the NVCOG YouTube Channel

RBP Annual Meeting Agenda

NVCOG’s Presentation

UCONN’s CT Brownfield Initiative Presentation

EPA Region 1 Presentation

CT DEEP Presentation

Read more about the Regional Brownsfield Partnership and the NVCOG Brownfields Program.

Public Information Meeting for Spot Improvements Route 67 in Seymour

Road work ahead sign

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2020
Updated: November 19, 2020
 

Contacts: 
Mark Nielsen
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
(203) 757-0535
mnielsen@nvcogct.gov   

 

VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING 

STATE PROJECT NO. 124-165 

 ROUTE 67(BANK STREET) SPOT IMPROVEMENTS 

SEYMOUR, CONNECTICUT
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 

 

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) held a virtual public information meeting to present preliminary design plans on Spot Improvements to Route 67 (Bank Street), in The Town of Seymour. The public meeting was held on Monday, November 16, 2020. The meeting was held online via Zoom beginning at 6 pm. The intent of the meeting was to provide residents and other interested persons an opportunity to learn about the design and proposed improvements and understand the project timeline. A presentation was made, after which there was a question and answer period.  To view the recording of this meeting and review the presentation, please visit the Route 67 (Bank St) Spot Improvements project webpage.

It is NVCOG’s and the State’s policy to keep persons informed about and involved with ongoing road improvement projects. It is important that the community share its concerns to assist in the project’s development.  

 The intent of the project is to improve traffic, pedestrian flow, and safety along the section of Route 67 (Bank Street) between River Street/Franklin Street and Klarides Village and is a continuation of the planning effort completed in 2017. The firm of Milone and MacBroom is designing the improvements under contract to the NVCOG. Construction will be advertised and administrated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).  The project will include: 

Route 67 and River Street/Franklin Street Intersection 
Improve pedestrian crossings 
Widen northbound River Street approach to extend the left-turn lane onto Route 67
Make sidewalk connection from River Street to the south side of Route 67 

Route 67 between River Street/Franklin Street Intersection and Old Drive East
Widen Route 67 to provide adequate storage on northbound and southbound dedicated turn lanes and 5-foot shoulders
Widen north side of Route 67 to extend the two westbound departure lanes past Martha Street to the Walgreens Intersection.
Reconstruct stone masonry retaining wall at 100 Bank Street.
Construct new retaining wall between Martha Street and Walgreen’s driveway.
Install new traffic signal equipment.
Install new sidewalks, pedestrian accommodations, and lighting. 

 Route 67 at Walgreens Driveway
Widen Route 67 to provide a westbound dedicated right and extended right turn lane in addition to the single through lane.
Upgrade traffic signal to accommodate geometric changes at the intersection.
Implement revised signal timings. 

 Route 67 at Old Drive West
Upgrade the existing traffic signal with new pedestrian equipment.
Revised phasing to include an exclusive pedestrian phase. 

Route 67 at Klarides Village Unsignalized
Add westbound left turn lane into the driveway.
Modify driveway to prohibit left turns onto Route 67. 

 Route 67 at Beecher Street and Church Street
Reconfigure the intersection to better direct and channelize the turning movements. 

 Route 313 (River Street)
Widen River Street to provide additional storage and queuing lengths for the northbound travel lanes.
Widen bridge over Little River to provide a new sidewalk along the western side of River Street connecting to the existing Route 67 sidewalks. 

 Additional Traffic Signal Timing Improvements
Timing improvements throughout the corridor. 

Improve Pedestrian Connection to Downtown
Improve lighting and hardscape under Route 8.

Based on the preliminary design, the construction cost will be approximately $6,100,000. The Federal Highway Administration will provide 80% of the construction cost with the State providing 20%. 

The public informational meeting was held to afford an opportunity for public participation and allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project. 

 Persons with limited internet access may request project information be mailed to them by calling  (203489-0369 or emailing  mnielsen@nvcogct.gov(Allow one week for processing and delivery.) 

 There will be a 14day comment period following the meeting.  Individuals may leave a question or comment via email/phone at ksvetz@nvcogct.gov and (203) 489-0374.

Governor Lamont Extends the COVID-19 Executive Orders to February 9, 2021

Governor Lamont today issued Executive Order No. 9L which extends the COVID-19 Executive Orders to February 9, 2021, including Executive Orders affecting municipalities, including the following:

EO 7BSuspension of In-Person Open Meeting Requirements – Allows state and municipal agencies to hold remote meetings by conference call, video conference or other technology, to take actions authorized by law.

EO 7S.7Suspension of In-Person Voting Requirements for Critical and Time Sensitive Municipal Fiscal Deadlines – This includes any supplemental, additional or special appropriations under Section 7-348 of the Connecticut General Statutes or comparable provisions of any special act, municipal charter or ordinance, (ii) any tax anticipation notes to be issued under Section 7-405a of the Connecticut General Statutes or comparable provisions of any special act, municipal charter or ordinance, or (iii) municipal general obligation bonds or notes to be issued in anticipation of such bonds to be issued for capital improvement purposes.

EO 71.16Suspension of In-Person Filing Requirements related to Municipal Planning Assessment and Taxation Provisions.

EO 9HHybrid Municipal Meetings – Expressly authorizes municipal agencies to hold hybrid remote/in-person meetings. Download COST’s Summary here.

Note: Executive Orders that are limited in duration are NOT extended, including provisions in EO 7I suspending in-person budget adoption requirements for municipalities and regional boards of education, which are only applicable to budgets for FY July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. In addition, Executive Order 7S.6 which required municipalities to offer taxpayers a 90-day deferment and/or low-interest rate on delinquent payments is not extended because it is limited in duration.