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Metropolitan Transportation Plan-Public Comment Period

Draft 2023-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Air Quality Conformity Determinations Public Comment Period and Public Participation Meeting Information

As host to the Housatonic Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (HVMPO) and South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO), the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) will accept comments from February 8, 2023 to March 9, 2023 on the draft 2023-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Air Quality Conformity Determinations for Ozone and Particulates.  The draft MTP is a 25-year vision for the development of the transportation system and identifies investments in the region. The draft MTP is being updated and will be considered for endorsement at the HVMPO and SWRMPO meeting on March 16, 2023.

The draft MTP and Air Quality Conformity will be available for inspection at starting February 8, 2023.  Persons with limited internet access may contact WestCOG by telephone at 475-323-2060, via email:, or mail the WestCOG office: 1 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. Comments on the draft MTP or air quality conformity may be made by mail to the WestCOG office, email, or at one of the three public information meetings:  1) February 22, 2023, 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the Danbury Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 170 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810; 2) February 23, 2023, 1:00PM to 2:30PM virtually by registering at; or 3) February 23, 2023, 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the Ferguson Main Library, Auditorium, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford CT 06904

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Relative Population Growth in Connecticut

Over the last fifty years, Connecticut has increased in population. However, this macro-level trend conceals substantial variation across time and space, with some regions and municipalities gaining people, some losing people, and some doing both (albeit in different decades). Population trends have an impact on housing: in areas that are growing, home values tend to rise, and new homes are built; in areas that are shrinking, home values tend to fall, and properties may deteriorate.

To highlight these patterns, WestCOG has produced maps comparing growth in the state’s municipalities to the overall rate of growth at the state level (relative growth).