partnership with the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency may soon be
coming to end – but it does not mean the town is walking away from the benefits
of being part of a regional planning agency.
Members of the Town Council have unanimously approved resolution from
Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback seeking an opportunity to join the
Connecticut Regional Council of Governments as part of a state consolidation
under a recently enacted legislation.
Brumback said the town has seen a lot of value as part of CCPRA, but believes
the town would stand to benefit as much if not more by partnering with an
organization that already has like-towns and is located right in the Hartford area.
believe will be transitional pains, but would be there either way,” Brumback
said. “We have the opportunity to take part in picking the projects that are
most important to us and continue creating relationships now, and there is no
reason we can’t pick up at the capital region.”
“We will approach (the
Office of Policy and Management) to argue for retention of both organizations,
but at the same time make our desires known that as a town, we believe it is in
our best interest to go to CRCOG.”
The move comes after a new October restructuring. With membership in CCRPA and
CRCOG crossing over early maps, the state has reached out to towns for their
Southington council members were unanimous in their support of Brumback’s
proposed response, saying they felt whatever would help Southington get the
most bang for the buck and provide support with the constant legislative change
would prove beneficial.
Sam Gold, representing the Council of Governments of Central Naugatuck
Valley, pitched to the council the benefits of joining their organization
instead, but the efforts fell short after members of the council reviewed
“Joining CRCOG is the best
opportunity for Southington at this time,” Brumback said.
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