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Community Preservation Committee
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Senior Planner
Address:
141 Keyes Road
First Floor
Concord, MA 01742
Phone:
978-318-3290
Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 
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Members as Appointed by their respective Boards and Commissions
Name
Designated By
Term Expires
Chris Toomey, Chair
Board of Selectmen
2015
Paul Mahoney, Vice Chair
Board of Selectmen
2016
Bouzha Cookman
Board of Selectmen
2017
Toby Kramer
Board of Selectmen
2014
Geoffrey Taylor
Historical Commission
2014
Linda Escobedo
Housing Authority
2015
Dean Banfield
Natural Resources Commission
2014
(vacant)
Planning Board
2015
Peter Hunter
Recreation Commission
2014
 
 
CPA Funding Recommendations for Consideration at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting

The following project summaries describe the projects recommended for funding this year by the Concord Community Preservation Committee (CPC) under Warrant Article 36.   

  • Regional Housing Services Program - Town of Concord:  The Town of Concord requests funding for the Town’s participation in the Regional Housing Services Office, an inter-municipal organization which provides professional housing staff for the administration of the affordable housing programs in Concord and five neighboring communities, and to study farm worker housing needs and potential locations in Concord.
Requested Funding:      $17,500                         Category: Community Housing

  • Broadening Affordable Housing for Concord - Concord Housing Development Corporation:  The CHDC requests funding to preserve existing affordable housing opportunities in Concord.  Funds may be used to purchase existing homes to create new affordable units; complete repair or rehabilitation work as needed to maintain affordable units; and/or establish a Reserve fund for the preservation and purchase of existing affordable units.  
Requested Funding: $125,000                                     Category: Community Housing  

  • Heywood Meadow Stone Wall Reconstruction Project – Town of Concord:  The Town of Concord requests funding to complete the final phase of the Heywood Meadow stone wall restoration by reconstructing 200 feet of stone retaining wall in the west section of the Meadow along Lexington Road; removing 180 feet of cement capped wall along Heywood Street; and installing a new stone staircase on Lexington Road to improve access to the site.
Requested Funding:      $88,000                                 Category: Historic Preservation, Open Space

  • Old Manse Phased Interior Restoration and Preservation Program – Trustees of Reservations:  The Trustees of Reservations request funding to complete Phase I of a three year project to develop and initiate a plan to improve humidity conditions; conserve interior objects; reglaze and repair windows; and analyze, restore, and replace wallpapered and painted finishes at the National Historic Landmark.
Requested Funding:      $45,782                                 Category: Historic Preservation

  • Rogers Land Slope Restoration – Town of Concord:  The Town of Concord requests funding to complete the restoration of the 4.7 acre site, purchased for Open Space purposes in 2011, and to regrade and stabilize the deteriorating slope of the property along the Assabet River.
Requested Funding:      $82,804                                 Category: Open Space


  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Phase 2B and 2C in Concord – Town of Concord:  The Town of Concord requests funding to complete the 100% design plan for the Trail in Concord.  This funding will be used to complete design work to bring the Trail into Concord from Acton, over Route 2 and through West Concord Center.  The Town is working in cooperation with the Mass. Dept. of Transportation and Town of Acton to complete this phase of the project.
Requested Funding:      $250,000                                Category:  Recreation, Open Space

  • Fields Renovation Project at Concord Carlisle High School - Concord Carlisle at Play, Inc.:  The nonprofit organization Concord Carlisle at Play request funding to construct six new tennis courts, reconstruct the varsity softball and baseball diamonds, and develop accessible paths and walkways in the lower fields at Concord Carlisle High School.
Requested Funding:      $433,000                                Category:  Recreation

  • Phase II Infrastructure and Accessible Elements - Concord Children’s Center:  The Concord Children’s Center requests funding for the construction of infrastructure improvements for a universally-accessible, nature based play area at the Ripley School site including an ADA accessible Merry-Go-Round, landforms, and an accessible water and sand play area.
Requested Funding:      $77,073                         Category:  Recreation

  • Community Housing Reserve Fund:  Requesting that $125,000 be set aside for future use on Community Housing projects.

  • Historic Preservation Reserve Fund: Requesting that $15,000 be set aside for future use on Historic Preservation projects.

  • Open Space Reserve Fund:  Requesting that $34,716 be set aside for future use on Open Space projects.

  • Staff and Technical Support – Town of Concord:  The Town of Concord requests funds to support the CPA in Concord by providing staff support from the Dept. of Planning and Land Management; legal, technical, and consulting assistance for the Town’s CPA funded projects; and supplies and  associated administrative requirements including legal ads, copying, etc.
Requested funding:      $30,000

The total amount of  CPA funding recommended for allocation at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting is $1,323,875.





Community Preservation Committee
2013 - 2014 Meeting Schedule
(updated 4/15/14)
Date
Time
Location

Sunday, May 4 through Thursday, May 8
Town Meeting


2:00 PM (Sunday)
7:00PM All Other Nights

Concord Carlisle High School

Monday, May 5 before
Town Meeting


6:30 PM

Concord Carlisle High School Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 6 before
Town Meeting


6:30 PM

Concord Carlisle High School Cafeteria

Monday, May 19


7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road
Monday, June 9
7:30 P.M.
2nd Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road


The Community Preservation Act in Concord

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT?

Established under M.G.L. c. 44B, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows Massachusetts cities and towns to raise monies through a surcharge of up to 3% of the tax levy on real property.  These funds can be used to acquire, create and preserve open space; acquire, preserve, rehabilitate or restore historic resources; acquire, create, preserve and support community housing; and acquire and preserve land for recreational use.  The Act also includes a significant State matching fund, which provided $27.2 million in matching funds to CPA communities last year and over $414 million to those communities to date.  In addition to Concord, 148 cities and towns across the state have adopted the CPA to date.  

HOW IS THE CPA USED IN CONCORD?

At the 2004 Annual Town Meeting and subsequently at the polls, Concord residents voted to adopt the CPA with a 1.5% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills.  There are two exemptions, however, to this surcharge:

  • The first $100,000 of taxable value of residential real property
  • Residential property owned and occupied by any person who qualifies for moderate- or low-income housing (earning less than 80% of Area Median Income), or low or moderate-income senior housing (earning less than 100% of Area Median Income and are 60 years of age or older).
The CPA mandates that each fiscal year Concord must spend, or set aside for later spending, at least 10% of the annual revenues in the Town of Concord Community Preservation Fund for each of the three CPA interests: community housing, historic resources, and open space.  Beyond these required allocations, Concord Town Meeting decides, based on the CPC’s recommendations, how much of the remaining 70% of the funds should be spent on the three purposes identified above or for recreation. The spending mix for the remaining 70% of the Fund can be modified each year, and any monies not appropriated remain in the Fund for future distribution.  

WHERE DO THE CPA FUNDS COME FROM?

The funds available for spending each fiscal year are a combination of three sources:

  • Projected Fund Revenues for the Upcoming Fiscal Year – Projected fund revenues are made up of the funds collected from the 1.5% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills and the State matching funds collected from existing surcharges on all real estate transactions at the Registry of Deeds and Land Court.  These funds are termed as “projected” because the final numbers are not available until October of each year.  In 2013, Concord received a 52.23% match from these State fund, thanks in part to recently passed legislation at the State level which added $25 milliion in surplus State funds to the CPA Trust Fund.  State funds have added $4,089,832 to the Town’s CPA fund since its inception.
  • Undesignated Fund Balance – These are funds which were collected in previous years but never allocated. Where did this money come from? Usually an undesignated fund balance represents either unanticipated additional interest received on CPA fund accounts or the receipt of more State matching funds or surcharge tax revenues than were originally anticipated.
  • Reserve Funds - These are funds which were approved at previous Town Meetings to be set aside for future projects in Community Housing, Historic Preservation, and/or Open Space.  At present, there is $701 in the Open Space Reserve Fund and $826 in the undesignated Land Acquisition Fund.                                       
What does the surcharge really mean to Concord taxpayers? The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY14, the median home in Concord had an assessed value of $677,900.  After subtracting the CPA exemption for the first $100,000 of the taxable value of a residential property, and multiplying this number by the FY14 tax rate of $14.45 per $1000 of value, the median tax amount is $8,367.  The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $126.

 
Concord’s Community Preservation Committee

Following Concord's 2004 adoption of the Community Preservation Act, the Board of Selectmen established the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). As specified in the enabling legislation, the Committee is charged with the task of "studying the needs, possibilities, and resources of the town regarding community preservation." The areas of study are open space, community housing, historic preservation and recreation. The Committee is required to consult with town boards and commissions to ascertain the needs of the community and hold at least one public informational meeting per year. Finally, the Committee is to solicit applications for CPA projects and after review present funding recommendations to the citizens at Concord's Town Meeting.

The first task of the Committee was to write a Plan, which was completed in 2005 and has been reviewed and updated each subsequent summer.  It includes the following sections:1) The CPA in Concord; 2) How CPA Funds can be Used; 3) Needs Assessments for Community Housing, Historic Preservation, Open Space, and Recreation; 4) General Selection Criteria; 5) Application Process; 6) Guidelines for Submission; 7) Application Requirements; 8) Application; 9) Funding Process and ten Appendices. The 2012 Community Preservation Plan is available on this webpage, at the Town libraries, and in the Planning Department at 141 Keyes Road.

In writing the Plan, the Committee received input from the Town's boards, commissions and officials.  They also utilized the most recent Comprehensive Long Range Plan, the Open Space and Recreation Plan and the Playground Study.  The Committee continues to update the Plan each year to meet the changing needs of the community.   

(Updated February 27, 2014)








 
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