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Old Colony Planning Council Offices Closed to the Public

In response to the current State of Emergency in effect throughout the Commonwealth, our offices at 70 School Street are closed to the public. For information on upcoming public meetings, see our response below.

For community-specific information, consult our COVID-19 Community Response page.

Old Colony Planning Council's Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

March 17, 2020

Old Colony Planning Council places the highest value on the safety and well-being of the citizens of our communities. During this State of Emergency, the Council has taken measures to ensure that our work can continue as much as possible while abiding by the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We are currently operating a limited staff and have closed our offices to the public. Some of our staff are working remotely and will be available to communicate by email. Upcoming meetings, such as next week's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Meeting, are being held virtually, while others have restricted access to the public. Please contact us by email if you require further information on how to participate remotely in any upcoming meeting.
We will be updating this webpage, as well as our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter with further information as it becomes available.

If you have concerns regarding the needs of senior citizens, the Area Agency on Aging recommends that you contact your local Council on Aging. A directory of our twenty-three community Councils on Aging is located at this link: AAA Local Resources.

We strongly recommend that everyone in our communities abide by the social distancing limitations in order to curb the spread of this disease. This is an unprecedented time for our region, so we urge everyone to be cautious, patient and cooperative.

Draft Route 139 Corridor Study Released

Old Colony Planning Council, through the Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) FFY 2020 Unified Planning Work Program under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), has completed the Draft Report for the Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study. This transportation corridor study assesses traffic and infrastructure conditions along a 3.7-mile section of Route 139 in Hanover, from the Rockland Town Line to Route 53. The study proposes strategies and options for improving both safety and mobility of all roadway users along the corridor.

The findings of this Draft Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study were presented in a virtual public forum on September 17, 2020, and the Draft Report was released for a 2-week public review period beginning on September 18, 2020. Please provide comments or any questions to Principal Transportation Planner Bill McNulty by email or at 508-583-1833 x207 by the end of business on October 2, 2020.

Main Street Corridor Study Update

A draft report of the Brockton Main Street Corridor Study has been released for public review. On the evening of September 9, OCPC staff hosted a webinar on the Brockton Main Street Corridor Study Recommended Improvements, which can be viewed here. For more information on this study, please visit our Corridor Study page or contact Ray Guarino.

AAA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive, coordinated system of community-based supportive services and nutrition services for the elders in our region.

During April 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The grants will fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; including information about and referral to these supports. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States.

For more information, please contact David Klein at dklein@ocpcrpa.org.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

Applications are now being accepted for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance and Old Colony Planning Council is ready to assist.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides the EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Examples of eligible projects include:

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A listing of Frequently Asked Questions is available here.

The PowerPoint presentation from OCPC’s webinar about this opportunity (viewable above) is available here.

For more information, including a copy of the draft 2020-2025 CEDS that is currently under EDA review, please contact Bruce Hughes at bhughes@ocpcrpa.org; Laurie Muncy at lmuncy@ocpcrpa.org; or Joanne Zygmunt at jzygmunt@ocpcrpa.org

Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study Update

An update on the Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study was presented before the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on April 21, 2020. The presentation detailed the current status of the corridor study and preliminary findings. It can be viewed here.

Annual Projects Obligation List

The MPO is required, under the authorized transportation bill, to publish an annual listing of projects which funds have been obligated in the preceding year as a record of project delivery and progress report for public information and disclosure. This list is available here.

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