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1 How does CPA work? Basics of the Act for Communities Considering Adoption Presented by: Jennifer M. Goldson, AICP JM Goldson community preservation + planning

2 Open Space (and recreation) Historic Preservation Community Housing Allows communities to establish a dedicated fund for: The Community Preservation Act

3 Basics of the Act Local adoption needed Establishes up to a 3% surcharge on local property taxes Requires 10% to be spent on each of the 3 main categories Allows flexibility for spending the remaining 70% Not a permanent commitment Includes matching funds!

4 Exemptions to the CPA Surcharge Any existing exemptions apply to CPA. First $100,000 of property value – exempts the first $100,000 of residential property value from the surcharge. Low-moderate income – exempts any household that earns less than 80% of area median and any senior (60+) who earns up to 100% of the median.

5 What does that mean for the a sample taxpayer? Avg Assessed Home Value $415,767 Less $100,000 exemption $100,000 Net House Value Surcharged $315,767 Municipal Tax Rate (per $1000)x $ _______ Amount Subject to Surcharge $3,827 CPA Surcharge Rate x 2% _______ Amount paid toward CPA Fund $77 Based on this scenario, $77 would be paid into the local Community Preservation Fund annually

6 Sample CPA Revenue (Before State Match) SurchargeCostAmount Raised With First $100,000 Exemption 1.0% $ 38 $164, % $ 77 $329, % $ 115 $494,744 No Exemptions 1.0% $50 $199, % $100 $399, % $151 $598,611

7 Amending or Repealing the CPA The CPA must remain in place for at least five years. After five years the Act can be repealed at any time. Amendments to surcharge percentage or exemptions can be made at any time.

8 Community Preservation Committee Required Members (one from each): –Conservation Commission –Historic Commission –Planning Board –Recreation Board –Housing Authority Up to 4 additional members (optional)

9 CPC Responsibilities Assess community preservation resources, needs, & possibilities –Many also create CPA goals and/or selection criteria Hold at least one public hearing Solicit and screen projects Recommend CPA expenditures to the Local Legislative Body Track CPA spending

10 Potential Uses of CPA Funds

11 Open Space Community Preservation funds may be used to: 1. Purchase land 2. Purchase easements or restrictions on land 3. Protect drinking water 4. Protect nature preserves 5. Restore polluted land to its natural state 6. Protect farms and farmland

12 Carter Hill – North Andover Open Space Project

13 Coes Hill, Southwick

14 Angino Farm, Newton

15 Farmland preserved in Stow

16 Rice Nature Preserve, Wilbraham

17 Recreation Land can be purchased for : 1. Active and passive recreation 2. Community gardens 3. Trails 4. Non-commercial sports 5. Parks, playgrounds or athletic fields Focus is on outdoor recreational facilities

18 Clipper City Bike Trail, Newburyport

19 New Soccer Field, Sudbury

20 Splash Park, Bedford

21 Riverwalk Park, Peabody

22 Boat Ramp, (under construction) Grafton

23 CPA Recreation Projects McGrath Park, Agawam Skateboard Park, Bedford Stearns Park, Newton Town forest, Rowley Other CPA-Funded Recreation Projects

24 Historic Preservation Community Preservation funds may be used for acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation or restoration of historic resources that are: listed or eligible for listing on the state register of historic places, or determined by the local historic preservation commission to be significant in the history, archeology, architecture, or culture of a city or town

25 Historic Preservation Restoration of historic municipal properties Adaptive reuse Accessibility and other code improvements to existing sites Grants to private non-profit groups, or individuals in return for a preservation restriction

26 Revere Bell, Plymouth

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28 Pratt Library Housing – Cohasset An adaptive reuse CPA project

29 Preservation of Historic Town Documents - Boxford

30 CPA Housing For families and individuals earning up to 100% of area median income: –Springfield MSA - $62,900 for family of four Units count toward 10% housing goal if inhabitants earn less than 80% of median.

31 Housing Projects Comprehensive housing plans Conversion of existing stock Programs New construction “Friendly” 40B Housing Trusts

32 Needs assessment, comprehensive housing plans, feasibility studies – Chilmark, Dartmouth, Harvard, Hingham, Holliston, Nantucket, Wareham

33 Patriot Place Affordable Housing, Bedford, Massachusetts

34 CPA-funded Affordable Housing in Bedford

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36 Forte Property Click the Print button to print this map. Click the Print button to print this map.

37 Pilot Grove Housing Complex, Stow

38 Match Distributed Every October 15 State Matching Funds FY 2002 $17.8 Million Match Distribution FY 2003 $27.2 Million Match Distribution FY 2005 $46.3 Million Match Distribution FY 2004 $31.4 Million Match Distribution FY 2006 $58.6 Million Match Distribution

39 Using CPA to Leverage Other Funding TownProjectCPA $Other $ PeabodyRail-trail$162,000$1.36 million federal grant BedfordArcheological survey$10,000$15,000 from MHC EasthamptonRestore Town Hall$50,000$50,000 from MHC NewtonElderly housing$850,000$3.167 million from HUD GraftonHassanamesitt Village – open space/historic preservation $250,000$1.85 million from state, federal and private sources Hampden166 acres open space$100,000$400,00 from state and private sources

40 CPA Milestones 119 CPA communities (just over 1/3 of state) Other states using MA CPA as a model More than $212 million appropriated so far for CPA projects Over 870 units of affordable housing created More than 7,300 acres of open space protected Over 300 historic sites and resources preserved 154 recreational projects

41 For Further Information Jennifer M. Goldson, AICP JM Goldson community preservation + planning


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