News and Events
Meetings of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The Old Colony Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will be meeting twice in the coming weeks. A daytime meeting session will be held on May 30 at 12 PM at the Old Colony Planning Council offices in Brockton. An evening session will be held at Brockton Public Library's Main Branch on June 5 at 6 PM.
Brockton's Bike to Work Day
OCPC is participating in two Bay State Bike Week events this year. On Friday, May 18, from 7 AM to 8:30 AM, Old Colony Planning Council will be hosting its 5th Annual Bike to Work Day at the Brockton Area Transit Authority's (BAT) Intermodal Centre. Coffee, snacks and prizes are available those who attend! More information is available on the event flyer (Espanol/Kreyol/Kriolu).
On Saturday, May 19 from 12 PM to 2 PM, the 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo will take place at Old Colony YMCA in Easton. Come and have a bike safety inspection, run the obstacle course, play some bike safety trivia and more! More information is on the flyer.
MassDOT & MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Public Meeting Schedule
MassDOT will hold a series of public meetings across the Commonwealth to present and discuss the Draft Capital Investment Plan Update. The listing of public meetings is available here: CIP Public Meeting Schedule.
The Draft MassDOT & MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update for fiscal years 2019–2023 is a multi-billion dollar program that makes long-term, multi-modal investments across the Commonwealth. The CIP covers all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Save the Date for our Annual Meeting!
Notice of 2018 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Funding
The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program for 2018. This program enables OCPC to provide technical assistance to member communities on eligible projects. OCPC municipalities are invited to apply for technical assistance consistent with state guidelines. For more information on eligibility and a request form, consult the solicitation letter.
2017 CEDS Report now available
The 2017 Report of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee has been completed and is available for download here.
Take Our Route 106 Corridor Study Survey
The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently conducting the Route 106 Corridor Study. The study area includes Route 106 in the Towns of Kingston, Plympton, Halifax, East Bridgewater, as well as Route 106 in West Bridgewater (from West Bridgewater Center and Route 28 to the East Bridgewater Town Line). 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.
OCPC has developed an online survey to provide the opportunity for community input regarding mobility needs, quality-of-life, safety, and environmental issues.
By filling out our survey, you are making a statement about your community's needs and helping us identify deficiencies and potential improvements. The survey should take you only about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your input.
MassDOT: “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign
MassDOT has launched a new statewide safety campaign to raise awareness for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who are sharing the streets. This initiative seeks to help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrian and cyclists.
Two videos that highlight the safety risks present for all travelers on urban roadways are also available to help support this safety initiative. The videos emphasize the notion that everyone who is traveling on a roadway is responsible for doing his/her part to ensure safety.
Community Septic Management Program is Back in Hanson!
On May 1, 2017, the Town of Hanson voted at their annual Town Meeting to borrow a total of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to continue their participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic projects within the next year; they will first need to vote on the new interest rate and payback period. This will be done at the next Town Meeting, which will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Hanson Middle School.
If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for the Town of Hanson, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.
Community Septic Management Program Continues for Stoughton!
On October 24, 2016, the Town of Stoughton Board of Selectmen voted to borrow a total of $400,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. On March 7, 2017, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the new interest rates for the Town of Stoughton’s continued participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The rates are as follows:
The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic and sewer projects by the end of March/beginning of April. If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.
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.