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Registration for Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC) Workshops is Open

Registration for CPTC's Fall Workshops is open. Go to the workshop list and registration to review the topics offered and register.

23 Fall Workshops are offered through out Massachusetts sponsored by twelve regional planning agencies. The Fall Workshops focus on core topics for planning boards and boards of appeals such as Subdivision Control, Zoning, Special Permits an Variances.

The following workshops will be held at the Old Colony Planning Council.

Notice of Public Review and Comment Period - Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the Draft Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan is now available for public comment. You can review the plan and provide feedback online here.

In addition to the Plan, a companion document was created, called the Municipal Resource Guide for Walkability in recognition of the important role local cities and towns play. The purpose of the guide is to support cities and towns in their efforts to improve walkability as the vast majority of roadways and sidewalks statewide are under local ownership. A draft guide was released in September of 2017 and an updated version will be published with the final Pedestrian Plan later this year. For more information on the Pedestrian Plan and to provide feedback, visit the Pedestrian Plan website.

2018 Moving Together Conference

Date: 11/1/2018 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Register for the conference at this link.

Watch a video about this year's conference.

Notice of 2018 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Funding

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program for 2018. This program enables OCPC to provide technical assistance to member communities on eligible projects. OCPC municipalities are invited to apply for technical assistance consistent with state guidelines. For more information on eligibility and a request form, consult the solicitation letter.

2017 CEDS Report now available

The 2017 Report of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee has been completed and is available for download here.

Take Our Route 106 Corridor Study Survey

Route 106

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently conducting the Route 106 Corridor Study. The study area includes Route 106 in the Towns of Kingston, Plympton, Halifax, East Bridgewater, as well as Route 106 in West Bridgewater (from West Bridgewater Center and Route 28 to the East Bridgewater Town Line). The purpose of this study is to evaluate existing and future traffic conditions as well as bicycle, pedestrian, public transit, parking, and land use conditions.

OCPC has developed an online survey to provide the opportunity for community input regarding mobility needs, quality-of-life, safety, and environmental issues.

By filling out our survey, you are making a statement about your community's needs and helping us identify deficiencies and potential improvements. The survey should take you only about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your input.

MassDOT: “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign

MassDOT has launched a new statewide safety campaign to raise awareness for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who are sharing the streets. This initiative seeks to help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrian and cyclists.

Two videos that highlight the safety risks present for all travelers on urban roadways are also available to help support this safety initiative. The videos emphasize the notion that everyone who is traveling on a roadway is responsible for doing his/her part to ensure safety.

Community Septic Management Program is Back in Hanson!

On May 1, 2017, the Town of Hanson voted at their annual Town Meeting to borrow a total of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to continue their participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic projects within the next year; they will first need to vote on the new interest rate and payback period. This will be done at the next Town Meeting, which will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Hanson Middle School.

If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for the Town of Hanson, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.

Community Septic Management Program Continues for Stoughton!

On October 24, 2016, the Town of Stoughton Board of Selectmen voted to borrow a total of $400,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. On March 7, 2017, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the new interest rates for the Town of Stoughton’s continued participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The rates are as follows:

The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic and sewer projects by the end of March/beginning of April. If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.

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.

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