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OCPC's Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

Old Colony Planning Council places the highest value on the safety and well-being of the citizens of our communities. During this State of Emergency, the Council has taken measures to ensure that our work can continue as much as possible while abiding by the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We are currently operating a limited staff and have closed our offices to the public. Some of our staff are working remotely and will be available to communicate by email. Upcoming meetings are being held virtually, while others have restricted access to the public. Please contact us by email if you require further information on how to participate remotely in any upcoming meeting.
We will be updating this webpage, as well as our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter with further information as it becomes available.
If you have concerns regarding the needs of senior citizens, the Area Agency on Aging recommends that you contact your local Council on Aging. A directory of our twenty-three community Councils on Aging is located at this link: AAA Local Resources.
We strongly recommend that everyone in our communities abide by the social distancing limitations in order to curb the spread of this disease. This is an unprecedented time for our region, so we urge everyone to be cautious, patient and cooperative. For community-specific information, consult our COVID-19 Community Response page.

Notice of Public Comment on the Hanson MVP

The Hanson Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings is available for public review and comment.

January's CEDS Meeting

OCPC is hiring a Senior Comprehensive Planner

Old Colony Planning Council is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Comprehensive Planner. The Senior Comprehensive Planner will play an important part in delivering plans and projects within the department, both independently and in collaboration with other staff. This is an excellent opportunity for a planner interested in a wide range of technical planning projects and enthusiastic about public participation. For more information about the position and how to apply, click here. Applications must be received by 4 PM on January 22, 2021.

December Council Meeting

December's Joint Transportation Committee Meeting

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Report Released

The 2020 Annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report has been released and is available here and at our reports page.

October 20th CEDS Meeting

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

This video is a recording of the Old Colony Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting that took place on September 21st 2020 at 10am via Zoom.The Old Colony Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (Old Colony BPAC) is an advisory body to the Old Colony MPO on bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. The Old Colony BPAC provides a public forum where members of the public, state and local government and other stakeholders can come together and discuss how bicycle and pedestrian transportation infrastructure can be improved to provide greater safety and utility.

Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study Released

The final report of the Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study has been released. This transportation corridor study assesses traffic and infrastructure conditions along a 3.7-mile section of Route 139 in Hanover, from the Rockland Town Line to Route 53. The study proposes strategies and options for improving both safety and mobility of all roadway users along the corridor. A presentation on the study's proposed recommendations was held on September 17, 2020 and can be viewed here. The final report is available here.

AAA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive, coordinated system of community-based supportive services and nutrition services for the elders in our region.

During April 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The grants will fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; including information about and referral to these supports. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States.

For more information, please contact David Klein at dklein@ocpcrpa.org.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

Applications are now being accepted for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance and Old Colony Planning Council is ready to assist.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides the EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Examples of eligible projects include:

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A listing of Frequently Asked Questions is available here.

The PowerPoint presentation from OCPC’s webinar about this opportunity (viewable above) is available here.

For more information, including a copy of the draft 2020-2025 CEDS that is currently under EDA review, please contact Laurie Muncy at lmuncy@ocpcrpa.org; or Joanne Zygmunt at jzygmunt@ocpcrpa.org

Annual Projects Obligation List

The MPO is required, under the authorized transportation bill, to publish an annual listing of projects which funds have been obligated in the preceding year as a record of project delivery and progress report for public information and disclosure. This list is available here.

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