With a state order to consolidate planning oversight hanging over its head, the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency is in the process of splitting up.
Some of its member municipalities are going to shift into the Hartford regional planning agency – New Britain, for sure, and probably Southington, Plainville, Berlin and Burlington as well.
Bristol is eyeing Hartford, too, but hasn’t ruled out attaching itself to the agency serving Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley.
Plymouth, the other remaining town, is more likely to sign up with Waterbury’s agency, but it is also weighing its options.
The state set a Dec. 31 deadline for decisions to be made or it would simply step in and tell communities where they’d be assigned.
There is still some hope that the Bristol-based CCRPA could get a reprieve on its pending demise, but officials aren’t counting on it.
The agency has been in Bristol since 1973.