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.


CPA State Matching Funds Announced

The Sudbury Community Preservation Committee (CPC) announces that it has received a 56% match from the state for funds raised under the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Based upon Sudbury’s FY13 CPA surcharge revenue of $1,587,599, the state funding for FY14 comes to $895,751. These funds are part of the roughly $55 million that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue distributed on November 15th to the 148 communities currently participating in the CPA.

Increases in the state CPA fund this year were due to several factors:

1) $25 million from the state's FY13 budget surplus was added to the CPA Trust Fund last week, as a result of the passage of "An Act to Sustain Community Preservation" in July of 2012.

2) Collections for the trust fund from recording fees at the state's Registries of Deeds have rebounded strongly this year due to the improvement in the real estate market.

3) The shift in the distribution date from October to November allowed DOR to include one additional month of revenue from the Registries of Deeds recording fees.  Past distributions have included 12 months of registry recording fees, but for this year only, DOR included 13 months in the distribution.

This is the 11th year that Sudbury has received funds from the state Community Preservation Fund. The Town has approved 64 CPA projects in the eligible categories of Open Space, Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing and Recreation since the program’s inception in 2002 .

Projects for funding at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting are currently under review by the committee, with public hearings scheduled for November 20 and December 4, 2013.

Monday, November 18, 2013

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