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OCPC Delegate Gerard Dempsey, Sr.

In Memory of Old Colony Planning Council Delegate Gerard W. Dempsey, Sr.

During his life, Mr. Gerard Dempsey, of Pembroke, served with pronounced distinction and provided unwavering dedication and service to family, friends, community, and country alike.

For over 40 years, Mr. Dempsey served as the Pembroke Delegate to the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) and for 3 years was President of the Council. He was also the President of the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agency (MARPA).

As a contributing member of the Pembroke Community, he served as a member and Chairman of the Pembroke Recreation Commission, served for over 4 years as a member of the Pembroke Planning Board, served as Treasurer and Member of the Pembroke Housing Authority, and served as Chairman and member of the Pembroke Board of Assessors. He also served as a member of the Pembroke Zoning Board for over 5 years and as a member of the United States Naval Air Reserve for 10 years.

Community Capital Conversations with MassDOT this fall

We are pleased to announce the Community Capital Conversations with MassDOT that will be held across the Commonwealth starting later this month. The input MassDOT receives from customers will help inform the FY 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan now under development. For more information, check out the flyer for meeting dates and times.

CPTC Fall Workshops Announced

The Fall 2015 Course Schedule for the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative has been announced. Download the schedule here. Two sessions will be available at Old Colony Planning Council: On October 28, John Goldrosen, Attorney of Kopelman and Paige, P.C. will present Introduction To Subdivision Control Law and ANR; on November 5, he will present Vested Rights and NonConforming Uses. Register for a course or find more information at

MEPA Review of Proposed Brockton Casino

In compliance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, an Environmental Notification Form has been released for the proposed Brockton casino. It can be viewed here. OCPC has reviewed and commented on the ENF. Also included is a Traffic Impact and Access Study performed by MDM Transportation Consultants, available here.

The MEPA staff contact for the project is Page Czepiga (617) 626-1021 and the project contact is Stephen Martorano at Bohler Engineering, (617) 849-8040.

If you should have questions for the Old Colony Planning Council, please contact Community Planner Eric Arbeene at (508) 583-1833 x213 or at

CEDS 2015 Annual Report Released

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2015 Annual Report has been released and is available on our Reports page.

Study Released on Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

A study by the Center for Economic Development (CED) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst examining the impacts of a plant closure and decommissioning. The report can be downloaded here.

Additional Funding Available for Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are pleased to announce the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM) Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funding. The HMGP is a post-disaster mitigation grant funding and has been made available statewide as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the January 2015 Severe Winter Storm. For more information, visit our Grants page.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Presentation to Region C Communities

2015 District Local Technical Assistance Announced

OCPC is pleased to announce that funding for District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) for 2015 is now available! For more information or to submit an application, click here.

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