Central Connecticut Regional Planning AgencyCT

History

The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency came about through provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes, enacted in 1955, which authorized the delineation of regional planning areas and the creation of regional planning agencies within those areas upon vote of the municipalities contained therein. The first meeting of what was then called the New Britain - Bristol Regional Planning Agency was convened on March 17, 1966. The Central Connecticut Planning Region was defined to include the cities of New Britain and Bristol and the towns of Berlin, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, and Southington. The Town of Burlington did not formally join the CCRPA until 1973, although CCRPA strengthened the relations with Town agencies and gave considerable assistance to the Town during the interim period.

Structure

CCRPA's programs and activities are governed by an Agency Board, with input on specific matters provided by special committees. Unless otherwise noted, all Board and committee meetings (calendar) are held at CCRPA's offices (directions) and are open to the public. Agendas and supporting documents for upcoming meetings as well as minutes from past ones are posted online. Persons interested in attending a meeting may wish to contact the Agency to confirm date, time, and location.

Agency Board

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Per statute, CCRPA is governed by a Board consisting of one representative selected by each member city or town's planning commission, and one representative appointed by the city or town's chief elected official, and, depending on population, one representative selected by the city or town's legislative body (town or city council). Currently, the Board has a total of seventeen members; three members each from Bristol, New Britain and Southington and two members each from Berlin, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth. The Board generally meets on the first Thursday of each month, except during July and August.

Committees

Personnel, Finance, and Program (PFP) Committee

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The PFP is responsible for all matters internal to the Agency, including staff, employee policies, and budgeting.

Comprehensive Plan Committee (CPC)

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By statute, municipalities in and around the region must submit certain proposed changes to the following for CCRPA for review:

Once received, Agency staff evaluate the proposed changes for consistency with the region's Plan of Conservation and Development and submit a report with their findings to the CPC. Based on this report, the CPC discusses the proposed changes and issues an official, advisory determination whether they are consistent or in conflict with the region's Plan. Together with any comments, this decision is relayed back to the submitting municipality. Details about this process can be found under Referrals.

Transportation Committee (TC)

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The TC serves as CCRPA's technical advisory committee for transportation projects. The Committee, which includes transportation officials from the region's municipalities, among other members, provides input on the functioning of the region's transportation system, including assisting in the identification of needs, deficiencies, and opportunities and the development of projects to address these. The TC assists the Board in the evaluation, prioritization, implementation, and monitoring of transportation projects and in the planning and programming of those projects into the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program. The TC also hears certain complaints relating to Title VI, Environmental Justice, and Limited English Proficiency.

Central Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (CCEDA)

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The CCEDA advises the Board on economic development in the region. In particular, the CCEDA informs the development of the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, including the development, review, and selection of projects from member communities.

ADA Advisory Committee

The ADA Advisory Committee provides a point of contact between the disabled population, including current and prospective users of the region's paratransit system. The Committee provides Agency staff with input on needs, deficiencies, and opportunities for improvement in the system as well as hears appeals relating to the discharge of paratransit service in the region.