News and Events
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.
Main Street Corridor Study Update
OCPC will be officially closing out the Main Street Survey as of April 7, 2020. We would like to thank everyone for participating, your opinion, needs, recommendations and suggestions are all vital information necessary to make this Corridor Study work. OCPC Staff will continue to provide updates on the progress of the Main Street Corridor Study. If you have any questions or concerns. Please contact Ray Guarino.
Notice of Public Review and Comment Period: TIP Amendment 3
The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released the FFY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment 3 to a 21-day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review this Amendment 3 and provide comments. Copies are available for download here, and/or upon request. A public meeting of a public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for April 21, 2020 at 10 AM to hear additional public comments and consider endorsement. For more information, please contact Charles Kilmer at 508-583-1833 Extension 206 or email@example.com.
2019 Traffic Volumes Report Released
The most recent Old Colony Traffic Volumes Report (1989-2019) has been released and can by downloaded at this link.
Notice of Public Review and Comment Period: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2020-2025
In accordance with the Public Participation Process developed by the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC), OCPC is making the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy available for public review and comment. Copies of this document are available for public review at the OCPC Offices (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), at this link, and/or upon request. This notice will initiate a 21-day Public Review and Comment Period. Please contact Bruce Hughes at 508-583-1833 Extension 203 for further information. Please send written comments to Bruce Hughes atOld Colony Planning Council
ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plans (Including the Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program) for Communities
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) has gathered information concerning the requirements of our Communities to conduct an ADA Self-Evaluation and to write a Transition Plan to make all of their public facilities as accessible as possible. For more information is available 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.
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.