Community Preservation Committee

Under the provisions of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), Sudbury established a Community Preservation Committee on 2002.

This Committee consists of 9 members, including a member designated from each of the following commissions or boards: Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Planning Board, Park and Recreation Commission, Finance Committee and Housing Authority; and 2 members at large appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

The Duties of said Community Preservation Committee shall be to:

(1) Study the needs, possibilities, and resources of the Town regarding community preservation. The Committee shall consult with existing municipal boards, including the Conservation Commission, the Sudbury Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Park and Recreation Commission, the Sudbury Housing Authority, or persons acting in those capacities or performing like duties, in conducting such studies. As part of its study, the Committee shall hold one or more public informational hearings on the needs, possibilities, and resources of the Town regarding community preservation possibilities and resources, notice of which shall be posted publicly and published for each of two weeks preceding a hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the town.

(2) Make recommendations to the legislative body for the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; for the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources; for the acquisition, creation,  preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use; for the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing; and for rehabilitation or restoration of open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided in this section; provided, however, that funds expended pursuant to this chapter shall not be used for maintenance.  With respect to community housing, the community preservation committee shall recommend, wherever possible, the reuse of existing buildings or construction of new buildings on previously developed sites. With respect to recreational use, the acquisition of artificial turf for athletic fields shall be prohibited.

(3) Community Preservation Committee may include in its recommendation to the Town Meeting a recommendation to set aside for later spending funds for specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation but for which sufficient revenues are not then available in the Community Preservation Fund to accomplish that specific purpose or to set aside for later spending funds for general purposes that are consistent with community preservation.

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Sudbury's Community Preservation Committee Seeks Proposals for FY14 Projects

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is now soliciting proposals for projects that may qualify for Community Preservation Act funding to be presented at the May 2013 Annual Town Meeting. Proposals can be submitted under any of the four topic areas of: 1) acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; 2) acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources; 3) acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use; and 4) creation, preservation and support of community housing.

Click on the link for the FY14 Project Form to download the application. Applications should be submitted to the CPC as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, November 2, 2012. Submissions can be mailed to or dropped off at the Planning and Community Development Office, Flynn Building, 278 Old Sudbury Road.

Public hearings about the proposals will be held during the late fall of 2012.

To find out more information about the CPA in Sudbury, or to read the CPC Report from October 2009, check out the CPC website at: www.sudbury.ma.us/committees/cpc. A brochure is also available describing the program along with a list of past projects funded by the CPA. The full text of the amended 2012 CPA Legislation can be downloaded here.

Should you have questions about your project proposal please contact Jody Kablack, Director of Planning and Community Development at 978-639-3387 or by e-mail: kablackj@sudbury.ma.us.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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