CTDOT Air Quality Conformity Determination Report Public Comment Period 3/10/2022 – 4/10/2022

Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is holding a public comment period from March 10, 2022 to April 10, 2022 on the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) air quality emissions analysis. The analysis titled, Ozone and PM2.5 Air Quality Conformity Determination of the 2019-2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plans and the 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Programs, As Amended, is available for review below.

This is a statewide initiative and comments are encouraged. The public meeting to potentially endorse the analysis will be held during the HVMPO and SWRMPO meeting on Thursday, April 21st at 12pm. Please refer to the WestCOG website for more information and meeting updates. To submit comments please email: plan@westcog.org or mail: 1 Riverside Rd, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

For language assistance or other accommodations, contact WestCOG at help@westcog.org / 475-323-2060.

Para asistencia con el idioma y otras adaptaciones, por favor póngase en contacto con WestCOG al help@westcog.org / 475-323-2060.

Para obter assistência língua ou outras acomodações, entre em contato com WestCOG em help@westcog.org / 475-323-2060.

Pour obtenir de l’aide linguistique ou d’autres mesures d’adaptation, contactez WestCOG à help@westcog.org / 475-323-2060.

Aby uzyskać pomoc językową lub inne zakwaterowanie, skontaktuj się z firmą WestCOG pod adresem help@westcog.org / 475-323-2060.

RFQ – Regional Affordable Housing Financing Strategy

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (“WestCOG”) has initiated a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify and procure a qualified vendor to evaluate the economics of and strategies for financing the creation of affordable housing.

Deadline. Proposals are due by the end of the application period, December 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. Submissions should be directed to: Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at ccarpenter@westcog.org.

Pre-bid meeting. A pre-bid meeting will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET. The meeting will be held by videoconference. Parties interested in attending should e-mail ccarpenter@westcog.org for an invitation link. Attendance, by phone or in person, is optional and is not required in order to respond to this RFQ.

Inquiries. Proposers may submit questions on this RFQ by Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 11:45 PM ET. Questions should be directed to Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at ccarpenter@westcog.org. No questions will be accepted by other forms of communication.


Thursday March 24, 2022, at 10:00 am

The Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum announces the next meeting of its Multi-State Freight Working Group on March 24, 2022, at 10:00 am. This virtual meeting will be available as a webinar:

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Approval is pending for 2.0 American Institute of Certified Planners – Certification Maintenance (AICP-CM) credits.

The MAP Forum is a consortium of metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the coordination of planning activities in the multi-state metropolitan region.

Request for Qualifications – Metro-North Railroad New Canaan Branch Noise Pollution Abatement Feasibility Study

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The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (“WestCOG”) has initiated a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to obtain planning and engineering services for a Noise Pollution Abatement Feasibility Study to be undertaken for certain railroad crossings along the Metro-North Railroad’s New Canaan Branch in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) region.

WestCOG will use funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation for a study to determine a cost-effective approach to implementing noise reduction measures, quiet zone(s) or other methods, along the New Canaan Branch Line of the Metro-North Railroad. The goal of the study is to reduce the environmental impacts for the residents and businesses around the crossings while also improving the safety of all users at the railway-highway grade crossings.

WestCOG will accept complete Statements of Qualifications, by email only, until 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 8, 2022. Statements of Qualifications must be submitted to: Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director, through Cricket Carpenter, Office Manager at WestCOG.


See the official RFQ for more details. Proponents must also submit a completed Organizational Conflict of Interest Statement.

Last Call for Intent to apply – CT COmmunities Challenge Grant

Interested in $1 Million – $10 Million to improve livability, vibrancy, convenience for your communities? It’s last call to state your “intent to apply” for the CT Communities Challenge Grant.

This first step is a quick application to get your hat in the ring (not scored). Fill out the brief description by December 3rd 2021 and you are in for the next phase.

Following the “Intent to Apply” the full application is due January 14th 2022. You can learn more on the grant program on the CT Communities Challenge Grant Website