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Route 28 Corridor Study Survey Available

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently conducting the Route 28 Corridor Study in Avon and Brockton. 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. The study focuses on the Route 28 Corridor from the Avon-Randolph line through Brockton to the Brockton-West Bridgewater line. This survey provides the opportunity for community input regarding mobility needs, quality-of-life, safety, and environmental issues. You can access the survey at this link. Thank you for your participation!

FRA Releases NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement

NEC FUTURE is the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) comprehensive plan for improvements to the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Massachusetts. NEC FUTURE will define a long-term vision and incremental approach for improving passenger rail service. As part of this effort, the FRA is pleased to announce the release of the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS), now available for download at

The selection of a long-term vision and investment program for the NEC will have far-reaching effects on transportation in the entire Northeastern U.S. No decision has been made on which alternative best meets the region's needs, and the FRA will consider all comments received during the comment period in making its decision.

Comments can be provided online at, by email to, by mail, or during one of eleven public hearings to be held in cities along the NEC. For information on the public hearing dates and locations, please visit the website at The comment period will close on January 30, 2016.

We look forward to your feedback and continued involvement.

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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