News and Events

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.

2014 Southwest Brockton Corridor Study Workshop on August 25th

The Old Colony Planning Council is conducting a traffic corridor study that focuses on the southwest section of Brockton and is seeking your participation in this study! The purpose of the study is to evaluate traffic operations and safety in the study area (including transit, pedestrian, and bicycle travel) and to develop short term and long term solutions to traffic congestion and safety problems. You are invited to participate in the discussion by attending our 2014 Southwest Brockton Corridor Study Workshop.

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.

Stormwater Mapping Assistance Project Report Released

The report 2013 Stormwater Mapping Assistance Project, which was developed from the Climate Change Roadway Drainage and Runoff Program, is now available on the project page. Towns that are interested in assistance on meeting the stormwater mapping requirements of the EPA's NPDES permit should contact Andrew Vidal for more information.

South Coast Rail Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report Released

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for South Coast Rail. You may view the Public Notice, FEIS Fact Sheet and other information, and download the document at the Army Corps of Engineers website.

Regional 911 Feasability Study Now Available

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) in conjunction with the communities of Bridgewater, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Kingston, Plymouth, Plympton, and Whitman recently completed a Regional 911 Emergency Communications Center Dispatch Feasibility Study. The Study looked at the possibility of establishing a Regional 911 Emergency Communication Center (RECC) in the region. OCPC and its member agencies have been exploring the concept of a shared 911 dispatch center for a number of years. In 2011 OCPC successfully applied for a development grant from the Massachusetts State 911 Department to perform a consolidation study, and contracted with AECOM to perform the study. Any questions, comments or concerns, can be emailed to Community Planner Eric Arbeene or by phone at (508) 583-1833 Ext. 213.

Regional Policy Plan Update Underway

OCPC is currently in the process of updating its Regional Policy Plan (RPP). Last updated in 2000, the RPP serves as a guide for the physical, economic, and social development of the region. The 2000 RPP is available to download at our Reports page, and further information on the RPP can be found at our Regional Policy Plan page.

2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity and Livability Study Released

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Study for 2012 is now available at our Reports page. This report is the result of an in-depth analysis of the existing infrastructure conditions collected during the first phase of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Study, which is also available here. The report identifies the best routes for a bike network, recommendations to improve weak links in the bicycle and pedestrian network, and prioritizes sites that need improvements. For more information about this study, contact Kyle Mowatt.

The State of Stormwater Mapping Report Released

The 2012 Roadway Drainage and Runoff study is now available on our Reports page. This report examines the progress our communities have made towards fulfilling the requirements of the EPA's Phase II NPDES permit, which is set to be issued soon. The State of Stormwater Mapping the OCPC Region details what is required by the communities, how they are currently complying with the regulations, and what OCPC can do to help. For more information about the project, please contact Andrew Vidal.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 24: Council Meeting
The Old Colony Planning Council will be meeting on Wednesday, September 24th at 7 PM at the OCPC offices in Brockton. The agenda for this meeting can be downloaded here, as well as the minutes to the August meeting.

October 29: CPTC Workshop - Introduction to the Zoning Act
The Citizen Planner Training Collaborative will be holding a workshop on Wednesday, October 29th at 7-9 PM at the OCPC offices in Brockton. For more information, click here to download the CPTC Fall Brochure.

November 11: CPTC Workshop - Site Plan Review
The Citizen Planner Training Collaborative will be holding a workshop on Tuesday, November 11th at 7-9 PM at the OCPC offices in Brockton. For more information, click here to download the CPTC Fall Brochure.

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.