Municipal Plans of Conservation and Development
Guidance for Maintaining Eligibility for Discretionary State Funding
COVID-19 Update for Municipalities:Pursuant to Section 19a of Governor Lamont's Executive Order #7I, as amended by Section 1 of Executive Order #9A and by Section 1 of Executive Order #9L, any municipal POCD that expires during the time period covered by the public health and civil preparedness emergency declaration shall be considered extended by 90 days from its expiration date. Any affected municipality that applies for discretionary state funding during its applicable 90-day extension period should reference the executive orders and section numbers in its application, in lieu of seeking a waiver letter from the OPM Secretary under CGS Sec. 8-23(b). Note: Any municipal POCD that expires either before or after the executive order is in effect shall continue to require the referenced waiver letters in order to be considered eligible for discretionary state funding. Currently, this declaration is set to expire February 9, 2021. Refer to OPM's municipal POCD inventory for expiration dates.
What is "Discretionary" State Funding?
Discretionary state funding does not include entitlement or formula-based programs, such as the Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP), Education Cost Sharing (ECS), Town Aid Road (TAR), Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for Private Colleges, General Hospitals and State-Owned Property, the Mashantucket Pequot/Mohegan Fund, etc.
What is the Process for Updating the Official POCD Inventory?
A link to an electronic copy of the POCD on the municipality's website (hard copies will be accepted, but are not encouraged)
Certification of the POCD adoption date (e.g. PC/PZC minutes)
A description of any inconsistency between the POCD adopted by the PC/PZC and the State Plan of Conservation and Development and the reasons therefor, as is currently required under CGS Section 8-23(i)(5).
- A Notice of Expired POCD is required to be submitted even if your municipality does not intend to apply for discretionary state funding during the time its POCD is expired.
- A copy of the Notice of Expired POCD must be included with each application for discretionary state funding submitted to any administering state agency, until a new POCD is adopted.
- Concurrent with, or prior to, the municipality’s submittal of each application for discretionary state funding to an administering state agency, the Chief Elected Official of the municipality should submit a "Waiver Request Letter" to the OPM Secretary requesting a waiver of the discretionary state funding prohibition. A new Waiver Request Letter is required for each application for discretionary state funding.
- The OPM Secretary shall consider the information provided in each Waiver Request Letter and provide a timely written response to both the Chief Elected Official of the municipality and to the administering state agency’s point-of-contact, as to whether or not the discretionary state funding prohibition is waived for the subject application.
- Municipal POCD Inventory
- Notice of Expired POCD Letter (Microsoft Word)
- Waiver Request Letter (Microsoft Word)
- Previous Guidance to Municipalities: