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Current notices

TRANSPORTATION AIR QUALITY Determination with Respect to the 2008 Ozone Standard (amended)

The Air Quality Conformity report initially approved in June 2013 has been amended by ConnDOT with changes to pages 27, 38, and 143-174. Please see the initial Notice in the Expired Notices section below for background information on air quality conformity. The old report  and new report are available for review. Comments may be submitted through November 30th. Comments may be sent to by e-mail or phone at 860-589-7820 x 156

Expired notices

Notice of Public Hearing

The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) is seeking comments and shall hold a public hearing on its revised Plan of Conservation and Development for the Central Connecticut region, 2013-2023, the latest draft of which was released on March 25, 2013 and may be found at http://ccrpa.org. Comments may be sent to plan@ccrpa.org or faxed to 860-589-7820 and must be received no later than October 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM. Comments may also be presented in person at the public hearing, which will take place October 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM in CCRPA's offices at 225 N Main Street, Suite 304, Bristol, CT 06010-4993.

Transportation Program Review

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are conducting a review of the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency's (CCRPA) transportation planning process on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  This evaluation is to certify CCRPA's activities as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Central Connecticut Region. Questions and comments may be e-mailed to review@ccrpa.org or faxed to 860-589-7820 no later than September 25, 2013, or presented in person at the Agency's Transportation Committee meeting on September 26, 2013 at 10 AM. For information CCRPA and its transportation planning process, see http://ccrpa.org.

Agenda for the meeting

 

Transportation Air Quality Determination with respect to the 2008 Ozone Standard

Beginning June 11, 2013, CCRPA is opening the public involvement process to receive comments on the air quality conformity evaluation of its current Long-Range Transportation Plan and current 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program with respect to the new 2008 eight-hour ozone standard.  The November 2011 Ozone Air Quality Determination is available for review. Comments may be submitted through Friday, June 28, 2013.

Comments may be sent to or by telephone at 860-589-7820 x156.

Background

On March 12, 2008, (73 FR 16436) the EPA revised the primary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, designed to protect public health, to a level of 0.075 parts per million (ppm).  The secondary NAAQS for ozone, designed to protect public welfare, was simultaneously set at the same level (and with the same averaging time) as the primary NAAQS.

E PA, working with the State of Connecticut and Indian Tribes, established air quality designations for the state of Connecticut, including areas of Indian country, for the 2008 primary and secondary NAAQS for ozone on May 21, 2012 (77 FR 30088; effective July 20, 2012).  Two areas consistent with the boundaries and areas of the 1997 eight-hour ozone nonattainment areas were classified marginal nonattainment covering the entire State.  The “Greater Connecticut, CT 2008 eight hour ozone nonattainment area” includes: Hartford County; Litchfield County; New London County; Tolland County; Windham County; Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut; and Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut.  The “New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT 2008 eight hour ozone nonattainment area” includes: Fairfield County; Middlesex County; and New Haven County.

Transportation conformity is required under CAA section 176(c) to ensure that transportation plans, transportation improvement programs (TIPs) and federally supported highway and transit projects are consistent with (“conform to”) the purpose of the SIP.  Conformity to the purpose of the SIP means that transportation activities will not cause new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the relevant NAAQS or interim reductions and milestones.  Transportation conformity applies to areas that are designated nonattainment, and to those former nonattainment areas that have been redesignated to attainment since 1990 and have a Clean Air Act section 175A maintenance plan (“maintenance areas”) for transportation-related criteria pollutants: Carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter.  The EPA’s Transportation Conformity Rule (40 CFR 51.390 and Part 93, subpart A) establishes the criteria and procedures for determining whether transportation activities conform to the SIP.  

Transportation conformity for the 2008 ozone NAAQS applies 1 year after the effective date of nonattainment designations for that standard.  This is because Clean Air Act section 176(c)(6) and 40 CFR 93.102(d) provide a 1-year grace period from the effective date of initial designations before transportation conformity applies in areas newly designated nonattainment for a particular pollutant and standard.  Hence, within 1 year after the effective date of the initial nonattainment designation for a given pollutant and standard, the area’s MPO and the DOT must make a conformity determination with regard to that pollutant and standard for the area’s transportation plan and TIP.  The conformity requirements for donut areas, [For the purposes of transportation conformity, a ‘‘donut’’ area is the geographic area outside a metropolitan planning area boundary, but inside a designated nonattainment or maintenance area boundary that includes an MPO (40 CFR 93.101).] including the application of the 1-year conformity grace period, are generally the same as those for metropolitan areas. MPOs and any adjacent donut areas must continue to meet conformity requirements in nonattainment and maintenance areas.

Through interagency consultation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, FHWA, FTA, EPA and the Connecticut Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), agreed that a new air quality conformity determination for the 2008 ozone standard could be conducted using the current air quality analyses, “Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Ozone Air Quality Determination of the 2011 Regional Transportation Plans and the FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Programs for the Connecticut portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT Ozone Nonattainment Area and the Greater Connecticut Ozone Nonattainment Area,” dated November 2011, remain valid for determining air quality conformity in accordance with section 93.122(g) of the Transportation Conformity Rule.  The attainment date for 2008 eight-hour ozone nonattainment areas classified as marginal is December 31, 2015, which is one of the analysis years included in the current air quality conformity analysis.

Areas designated nonattainment for the 2008 ozone NAAQS that have adequate or approved SIP budgets for the 1997 ozone NAAQS as is the case with Greater Connecticut and New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT must continue to use such budgets in transportation conformity determinations until budgets for the 2008 ozone NAAQS are found adequate or are approved.  The 1997 ozone NAAQS budgets are:

2008 and 2009 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the 1997 Ozone Standard

CT portion of the NY-Northern NJ-
Long Island, NY-NJ-CT (Southwest CT) Area

Greater Connecticut Area

 

VOC (tpsd)

NOx(tpsd)

VOC (tpsd)

NOx (tpsd)

 

Year 2008

29.7

60.5

28.5

54.3

Year 2009

27.4

54.6

26.3

49.2

DECD Action Plan for Housing and Community Development comment period

Please see attached notice.

DECD Action Plan for Housing and Community Development draft plan

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development is seeking public comment on the DRAFT State of Connecticut 2012-2013 annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development.

A thirty day public-examination and comment period will begin on May 18, 2012 and end on June 18, 2012. The 2012-2013 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development is the third annual implementation plan under the State of Connecticut 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (ConPlan). The ConPlan is a five-year strategic plan that governs the administration of federal funding appropriated for housing and community development activities that benefit persons of low- and moderate- income. Such federal funding includes the following programs; HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Small Cities/Community Development Block Grant(SC/CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The 2010-2015 ConPlan represents approximately $145 million in federal funding, through the four federal programs, over the five-year period. The HOME and SC/CDBG programs are administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development and the ESG and HOPWA programs are administered by the Department of Social Services. A Public Hearing will be held, as listed below, to solicit comment on the DRAFT 2012-2013 annual Action Plan. Additionally, input on performance under the aforementioned programs is also welcomed.

Public hearing

June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Hamden Government Center
3rd Floor Conference Room
2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT

State residents are invited to attend the public hearing and provide oral or written comment on the DRAFT State of Connecticut 2012-2013 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development. Written comments may be sent to Michael C. Santoro, Community Development Specialist, Office of Housing and Community Development, Department of Economic & Community Development, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7106 or CT.Housing.Plans@ct.gov through the close of business on June 18, 2012. All comments received will be responded to in the final version of the 2012-2013 Action Plan. For copies of the DRAFT 2012-2013 Action Plan and related documents, please refer to the Department of Economic and Community Development’s website, www.decd.org under publications/housing plans.

Department of Social Services and Economic & Community Development programs are administered in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with equal employment opportunities, affirmative action, and fair housing requirements. Questions, concerns, complaints or requests for information in alternative formats must be directed to the ADA (504) Coordinator, Antoinette Alphonse at 860-270-8022. Locations for the public hearings are handicapped accessible.

Publication date: May 17, 2012

DECD Action Plan for Housing and Community Development amendments

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development is seeking public comment on the Draft Substantial Amendment to the 2011-2012 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development

The 2011-2012 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development is the second annual implementation plan under the 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (ConPlan). The ConPlan is a five-year strategic plan that governs the administration of federal funding appropriated for housing and community development activities that benefit persons of low- and moderate- income. Such federal funding includes the following programs; HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Small Cities/Community Development Block Grant (SC/CDBG), Emergency Shelter/Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The HOME and SC/CDBG programs are administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development and the ESG and HOPWA programs are administered by the Department of Social Services. The 2010-2015 ConPlan represents approximately $145 million in federal funding over the five-year period.

A substantial amendment to the 2011-2012 Action Plan is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to receive the second allocation of federal fiscal year 2011 funding for the Emergency Solutions Grants program. HUD published the interim rule for the Emergency Solutions Grants program and Consolidated Plan conforming amendments (Interim Rule) in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011. The second allocation of funding for the State of Connecticut’s ESG program will be approximately $ 658,859. For more information please refer to HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange website at www.hudhre.info.

A thirty day public examination and comment period on the Draft Substantial Amendment to the 2011-2012 Action Plan will begin on April 13, 2012 and end on May 13, 2012. A Public Hearing will be held, as listed below, to solicit comment on the Draft Substantial Amendment to the 2011-2012 Action Plan. Additionally input on performance under the aforementioned programs is also welcomed.

Public hearing

May 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Metropolitan District Commission (MDC)
Anthony H. Gallicchio Training Center
125 Maxim Road, Hartford, CT

State residents are invited to attend the public hearing and provide oral or written comment on the Draft Substantial Amendment to the 2011-2012 Action Plan. Written comments may be sent to Michael C. Santoro, Community Development Specialist, Department of Economic and Community Development,
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7106 or CT.Housing.Plans@ct,gov through May 13, 2012. All comments received will be summarized in the final version of the Substantial Amendment to the 2011-2012 Action Plan. For copies of the 2011-2012 Action Plan and related documents, please refer to the Department of Economic and Community Development‘s website, www.decd.org under Publications/Housing Plans.

Departments of Social Services and Economic & Community Development programs are administered in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with equal employment opportunities, affirmative action, and fair housing requirements. Questions, concerns, complaints or requests for information in alternative formats must be directed to the ADA (504) Coordinator, Antoinette Alphonse at 860-270-8022. Locations for public hearings are handicapped accessible.

Publication date: April 12, 2012.

Draft 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Plan

The draft 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), prepared by the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT-DOT), will be available for public review for January 2012, which constitutes the 30-day comment period. The draft TIP along with the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) will be available for review during this time at the CCRPA offices. Written comments can be e-mailed to or sent to Ethan Abeles, CCRPA, 225 N Main St Ste 304, Bristol, CT 06010-4993.

The draft TIP will also be available for review here. The TIP is a four-year program of projects that will maintain and enhance transportation in the Region. Included in the program are all transportation projects in the Central Connecticut Region that receive funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Non-federally funded projects (state and/or local funding) may appear on the TIP, but it is important to remember that they frequently will not. Some of the projects that can be found in the TIP are:

A public meeting about the draft TIP will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at CCRPA's offices.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Community Planning Workshops Come to Burlington

Are you concerned about the future of your town?If so, please join us at a new workshop series addressing community planning and design issues, the economics of land use and natural resource protection.Four Wednesday evening workshops are scheduled from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Burlington Town Hall Auditorium (200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013). Come to one or all four workshops.

The first program, Development Alternatives, will be held on October 26.This workshop will explore the difference between historic and current development patterns.Alternatives that preserve rural character and create a sense of community will be presented.The second workshop, Economics of Land Use, is scheduled for November 9.  This program will explore the economic impact of a community’s land use decisions.Learn about the potential negative impacts of ‘growing the grand list’ and what to strive for in fiscally positive development.

A November 30th workshop will explore Low Impact Development and present alternative approaches to land development that focus on preserving the hydrologic function of a landscape using LID techniques such as rain gardens and green roofs.The final workshop, Growth and Rural Character, will be presented on December 14.Learn about techniques other communities are implementing, such as design guidelines, to protect what they value.

The workshop series was developed by Community and Natural Resource Planning Program (CNP) of the University of Connecticut’s Cooperative Extension System.CNP has partnered with the Connecticut Environmental Review Team and the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) to bring this educational opportunity to land use commissioners and other interested citizens in your town.  CNP provides educational resources to help communities plan for their future.

All workshops are $5 and registration is required one week prior to each workshop.  It is $15 to preregister for all four programs.Space is limited so register early. To register contact Susan Westa at 860-774-9600 or Susan.westa@uconn.edu .

Comprehensive Economic Development Plan Update - Public Comment Period

The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency and the Central Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (CCEDA) are seeking public comment on the five-year update of Central Connecticut’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This plan sets forth a series of goals and projects to enhance the economy of the Central Connecticut region, encompassing the towns of Berlin, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, and Southington, and the cities of Bristol and New Britain.

The CEDS is made of four major components:

A CEDS is required for municipalities to remain eligible for the Public Works and Economic Development Program and the Economic Adjustment Assistance program. Projects that may be eligible include infrastructure improvements for specific sites, revolving loan funds, building projects, and workforce development. For a project to be eligible for these funds, they must be consistent with an approved CEDS and must be designed to overcome an obstacle identified in the CEDS.

Public Involvement

A draft of the document is available here: Draft 2011 Central Connecticut CEDS

Printed copies are available on request.

CCRPA and CCEDA will hold an informational meeting on August 4th, 2011 at 6:00 PM. This event is open to the public and will take place at 225 N Main St, Ste 304, Bristol, CT 06010. Interested parties may also direct questions and comments to Mr. Timothy Malone by e-mail to CEDS@ccrpa.org, fax to 860-589-7820, or post to the address above. All comments must be received by August 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

Long-Range Transportation Plan and Public Participation Plan updates

Announcement (para leer este aviso en español haz clic aqui)

The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) is seeking public comment for the 2012-2016 updates to the:

  1. Long-Range Transportation Plan (March 25, 2011 draft) and
  2. Public Participation Plan for central Connecticut (March 25, 2011 draft).

Drafts of these documents can be viewed at the links above. Print copies are available upon request.
These documents are drafts and are subject to change.

Air quality and the Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has found the projects listed in the Long-Range Transportation Plan to be in conformity with the budgets in the current State Implementation Plan for air quality. The pertinent Ozone Air Quality Conformity Determination of the 2011 Regional Long Range Transportation Plans, and the FY 2010-2013 Transportation Improvement Programs for the Greater Connecticut Ozone Nonattainment Area can be viewed here.

Public involvement

CCRPA will hold an informational meeting on April 15 at 12:00 PM and a public hearing on April 21 at 6:30 PM to discuss the Long-Range Transportation Plan and Public Participation Plan updates as well as the Air Quality Determination. Both events are open to the public and will take place at 225 N Main St, Ste 304, Bristol, CT 06010.

Interested parties may also direct questions and comments to Mr. Francis Pickering by e-mail to LRTP@ccrpa.org, fax to
860-589-7820, or post to the address above. All comments must be received by May 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

Date of publication: March 25, 2011. Last revised: March 28, 2011.

DECD Housing and Community Development plan comment period and hearing

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development is seeking public comment on the DRAFT State of Connecticut 2011-2012 annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development.

A thirty day public-examination and comment period will begin on March 4, 2011 and end on April 4, 2011. The 2011-2012 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development is the second annual implementation plan under the State of Connecticut 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (ConPlan). The ConPlan is a five-year strategic plan that governs the administration of federal funding appropriated for housing and community development activities that benefit persons of low- and moderate- income. Such federal funding includes the following programs; HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Small Cities/Community Development Block Grant(SC/CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The 2010-2015 ConPlan represents approximately $145 million in federal funding, through the four federal programs, over the five-year period. The HOME and SC/CDBG programs are administered by the
Department of Economic and Community Development and the ESG and HOPWA programs are administered by the Department of Social Services. A Public Hearing will be held, as listed below, to solicit comment on the DRAFT 2011-2012 annual Action Plan. Additionally, input on performance under the aforementioned programs is also welcomed.

Public hearing

March 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Metropolitan District Commission (MDC)
Anthony H. Gallicchio Training Center
125 Maxim Road, Hartford, CT

State residents are invited to attend the public hearing and provide oral or written comment on the DRAFT State of Connecticut 2011-2012 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development. Written comments may be sent to W. Michael Regan, Community Development Administrator, Office of Strategy and Policy, Department of Economic & Community Development, 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7106 or CT.Housing.Plans@ct.gov through the close of business on April 4, 2011. All comments received will be responded to in the final version of the 2011-2012 Action Plan. For copies of the DRAFT 2011-2012 Action Plan and related documents, please refer to the Department of Economic and Community Development’s website, www.decd.org under publications/housing plans.

Department of Social Services and Economic & Community Development programs are administered in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with equal employment opportunities, affirmative action, and fair housing requirements. Questions, concerns, complaints or requests for information in alternative formats must be directed to the ADA (504) Coordinator, Antoinette Alphonse at 860-270-8022. Locations for the public hearings are handicapped accessible.

Publication date: March 3, 2011

Air quality public comment period and hearing

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a new air quality (AQ) conformity analysis for public comment. This document, for which CCRPA and DOT are seeking comments, was prepared as a result of the City of New Haven's award of a TIGER Grant for improvements to Route 34. Review by DOT and the Federal Highway Administration concluded that the project was regionally and thus necessitated the completion of a new AQ model conformity determination analysis. A copy of the analysis may be found here:

CCRPA will hold a public hearing on April 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM at its offices at 225 N Main St, Ste 304, Bristol, CT 06010-4993 to solicit comments on this document. Questions and comments may also be submitted to Ethan Abeles by e-mail aq@ccrpa.org, telephone/fax at 860-589-7820, or postal mail to the above address. Comments may be submitted any time but must be received by the end of the hearing.

Publication date: February 8, 2011.