News and Events

Hall's Corner Report

Duxbury Hall's Corner Study Now Available

The Old Colony Planning Council is pleased to announce the completion of the Hall's Corner Economic Development and Transportation Study for the Town of Duxbury as part of the District Local Technical Assistance Program. The Hall's Corner Economic Development and Transportation Study analyzes the market conditions, traffic patterns and parking turnover in Hall's Corner and includes a series of recommendations to support and strengthen Hall's Corner both now and in the coming years. The Study can be downloaded here.


Regional Freight and Goods Movement Study Survey

Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study and Survey

OCPC is undertaking a Regional Freight and Goods Movement Study, and wants your input! The principal objectives of the study are to integrate freight into the regional planning process, identify and plan for long-term freight needs, develop specific long-range transportation projects, identify funding sources for projects, and evaluate policy-based solutions to accommodate future levels of freight on our regional transportation system while protecting the mobility and safety of the traveling public. For more information on the study, consult our factsheet, and then give us your input by taking our survey!


Notice of FFY 2015-2018 Old Colony TIP Project Programming Correction/Inclusion

Old Colony Planning Council is hereby providing notice that due to an administrative error in the preparation of the Revised Draft FFY 2015-2018 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Pembroke - Route 53 at Pleasant Street Signalization and Geometric Improvements Project (607337) was inadvertently omitted from the print document presented at the June 24, 2014 Old Colony MPO Meeting. Nevertheless, the Pembroke Project (607337) was included the Draft FFY 2015-2018 Old Colony TIP that underwent a 30-day public review that commenced on May 20, 2014. Also, at the June 24, 2014 Old Colony MPO Meeting, OCPC staff provided a narrative along with a summary table that summarized the programming of projects that included the programming of the Pembroke (607337) Project in FFY 2016. As such, it was the understanding that the Old Colony MPO endorsed the Old Colony TIP that included the Pembroke Project (607337).

Additionally, it is noted that the Pembroke Project (607337) is included in the Draft FFY 2015-2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is currently undergoing a 30-day public review and comment period that closes on September 7, 2014. Copies of the Draft STIP are available for review at the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC), 70 School Street, Brockton, MA. Copies of the Draft STIP are available at this link.

As such, the final version of the FFY 2015-2018 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) shall include the programming of the Pembroke-Route 53 at Pleasant Street Signalization and Geometric Improvements Project (607337) in FFY 2016. Furthermore, the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) and the Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) shall be apprised of this topic at their upcoming meetings.

Should you have any questions, please contact Charles Kilmer at 508-583-1833 Extension 206 or by email.


Draft State Transportation Improvement Program for Federal Fiscal Years 2015 to 2018 Available for Public Review and Comment

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce the availability of the draft project listings for the proposed State Transportation Improvement Program for Federal Fiscal Years 2015 to 2018. These draft listings are a compilation of roadway, bridge, intermodal and transit projects as developed by the Commonwealth's ten Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the three non-MPOs. These projects are available for review at the state's STIP page.

The comment period will begin August 7, 2014 and end on September 7, 2014.

All comments can be forwarded to the STIP Coordinator, by mail to MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza, Room 4150, Boston MA 02116, by e-mail to Sreelatha Allam; or by fax at 857.368.0639.


Notice of Funding Availability - New Strategic Highway Safety Plan Program to Reduce Lane Departure Crashes

Between 2004-2011, 55% of all road fatalities and 24% of all incapacitating injuries involved lane departure crashes and nearly two thirds of these crashes occur on locally owned roadways. Based on national statistics and earlier studies, the majority of lane departure crashes occurred on curves. The Commonwealth's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (PDF) includes Lane Departures as a strategic emphasis area with a goal of reducing lane departure related fatalities and incapacitating injuries by 20% in 5 years.

As such, MassDOT developed a systematic low cost strategy to address lane departures based on input from local town engineers and community officials as well as the Regional Planning Agencies.

Cities and towns, that are interested in participating, can submit a brief application (see attached) for each high crash curve to MassDOT. MassDOT staff or consultant (Stantec) will contact the community and set up a time to visit the location and sketch up a sign plan. The sign plan will then be submitted to the applicant (city/town) for approval. Once approved, MassDOT would provide the community with the materials (signs and posts) and the sketch plan (MassDOT's sign shop will prepare the signs). It will be up to the community to install the signs and submit photos of the completed project.

For more information, visit our Grants page.


2014 CEDS Report now available!

The 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Report is now available here.


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OCPC's Civil Rights Survey

OCPC has a completely voluntary and anonymous survey available now. To make sure that OCPC learns about the members of the public that we work with and to improve our services, we would like some information about you. The information you provide will be used to better understand who we serve, including the languages our customers speak. This information will help OCPC improve our programs, services, and activities today and in the future.


See Something Say Something

Massachusetts, through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and MEMA, and in partnership with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, has launched a statewide See Something Say Something™ public awareness campaign to encourage the public to report suspicious behaviors to the police. See Something Say Something™ was a program launched by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2010 to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity, specifically behaviors indicative of or a precursor to terrorism, to state and local law enforcement agencies. The initiative highlights the important role the public and local information play in maintaining a safe environment and preventing terrorism. Remember if you see something suspicious report it to your local police department or call 9-1-1. For more information, visit MEMA's website.


Central Square Study Completed

The Old Colony Planning Council is pleased to announce the completion of the Central Square Parking, Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Traffic Operations Improvement Plan completed for the Town of Bridgewater as part of the South Coast Rail Technical Assistance Program. The Central Square Parking, Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Traffic Operations Improvement Plan includes several alternatives focused on changing the Central Square parking program and adding auxiliary improvements to bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic conditions to complement the recent Central Business District (CBD) mixed use zoning changes and the future Town facility improvements. This report can be downloaded here.


Funding for District Local Technical Assistance Available

The Old Colony Planning Council is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program. This program will enable OCPC to provide much needed technical assistance to member communities. Proposed projects must fall into one of the following priority funding areas to be considered eligible for technical assistance:

Click here for a copy of our DLTA solicitation request, which includes examples of eligible projects for each priority funding area as well as information on the project selection criteria and a project request form.

Please note that OCPC will consider project requests received by January 31, 2014. Requests received after January 31, 2014 will be accepted only if resources are available. For additional information, please contact Community Planner Eric Arbeene by email or at (508) 583-1833 Ext. 213.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

December 3: Council Meeting
The December meeting of the Old Colony Planning Council will be held on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 PM at the OCPC offices in Brockton. The agenda to this meeting is available here as well as the minutes to October's meeting.

December 11: JTC Meeting
The December meeting of the Joint Transportation Committee will be held on Thursday, December 11 at 12 PM at the OCPC offices in Brockton. The agenda to this meeting will be available soon.

Title 5 Sewer and Septic Loans Available for Homeowners:
Homeowners from the communities of Avon, Cohasset, Hanson, Kingston and Stoughton may apply for loans to repair failing septic systems. For more information on this program, visit our page on the Community Septic Management Program.

South Coast Rail Draft Environmental Impact Statement:
The Army Corps of Engineers has made available the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The document, and related information, is available at MassDOT's webpage about South Coast Rail.

Upper Taunton River Regional Wastewater Evaluation Project:
The Old Colony Planning Council is involved in a cooperative regional initiative to address wastewater issues in the Upper Taunton River basin. Maps, presentations, and more information is available at the project's web site.

FFY 2013 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects:
OCPC's Annual Listing of Projects is available for Public Review.