Regional Services & Working Groups
These are not all of the regional services WestCOG provides. Please check back later for continual updates, or contact us for more information.
The Planners’ Lunch enables planning, land use, zoning, and other municipal staff to share ideas, collaborate, and build stronger relationships with each other and with WestCOG.
Connecticut General Statutes specify procedural requirements to be utilized by municipal planning and zoning commissions for submitting referrals to the state’s nine councils of governments, one of which is WestCOG.
The Western Connecticut Economic Development District (WCEDD) guides the implementation of the Western CT Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The group is a mix of public and private sector stakeholders and influencers in the region. The purpose of the WCEDD includes setting goals and strategies for the economic development of the District, as well as the identification of candidate projects of potential funding. All meetings are open to the public.
The WestCOG Drug Task Force is a group of professionals and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds who meet regularly and discuss strategies for combating the rise in heroin/opiate overdose deaths and abuse.
Regional IT Working Group meetings enable IT personnel to network, discuss the latest tech and the possibilities for cooperation when purchasing new hardware and software.
Regional GIS Group
The WestCOG Regional GIS Group meets periodically to discuss GIS training, data, mapping, and analytic issues. In addition, it is a forum for informal discussions between area professionals to share ideas, improve skills, and develop relationships.
The Coastal Corridor Alliance (CCA) focuses on transportation and regional planning topics of importance to the communities on the Coastal Corridor between New Haven and New York City. Together, we can more effectively elevate the concerns of our corridor to state and national importance.
To enhance local efforts, municipalities in the Region are funding a tick illness prevention service. Regional education and communication will more efficiently address the dangers of Lyme Disease and the other illnesses associated with ticks.
The City of Danbury led the development of the Ives Trail Greenway, a regional trail that links open spaces in Bethel, Danbury, Redding and Ridgefield. WestCOG is pleased to provide web hosting for the Ives Trail.