As required in the Community Preservation Act, the Community Preservation Committee has released its first draft report outlining the current town goals for community preservation. The goals have been taken exclusively from existing town documents and reports that have received broad citizen participation and scrutiny, including the Master Plan (2001), the Open Space and Recreation Plan (1997), the Land Use Priorities Committee Report (2002) and the Townwide Comprehensive Facility Study (2002). The report also lists specific criteria for project assessment in each of the four categories – Open Space, Historic Preservation, Community Housing and Recreation. In addition, general criteria for all proposals is documented. For a copy of the report Click Here.
Projects for the first funding round, to be presented at the April 2003 Annual Town Meeting, will be accepted until October 30, 2002. To download a Project Submission Form Click Here. Project proponents must be ready to discuss the project with the CPC on either October 17 or October 30, 2002. The Project Submission Form lists the requirements for submitting a proposal.
Anticipated revenues exceed $1 million in the first year, increasing to approximately $2 million in the second year due to the receipt of state matching funds. Funds must be used or reserved as set forth in the Act, with a minimum of 10% of captured revenue used or reserved in each of the following categories: open space, community housing and historic preservation. The remaining 70% of the funds can be used for any of these purposes, plus recreation. All projects must be recommended to Town Meeting by the Community Preservation Committee. Residents or town boards cannot propose projects using CPA funds independently to Town Meeting.