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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
Paul Mahoney, Chair
Board of Selectmen
2016
Bouzha Cookman, Vice Chair
Board of Selectmen
2017
Vacant
Board of Selectmen
2018
Chris Toomey, Secretary
Board of Selectmen
2015
Geoffrey Taylor
Historical Commission
2017
Linda Escobedo, Treasurer
Housing Authority
2015
Greg Higgins
Natural Resources Commission
2016
John Cratsley
Planning Board
2016
Peter Hunter
Recreation Commission
2014
 
 

Community Preservation Committee
2015 Meeting Schedule
(updated 12/17/14)
Date
Time
Location

Wednesday, January 14



7:30 PM

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road

Monday, February 9


7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  


Wednesday, February 25
Finance Committee
Public Hearings


7:00 P.M.

Public Hearing Room,
Town House 2nd Floor
22 Monument Square


Monday, March 9


7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  


Monday, April 6
7:30 P.M.
2nd Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road

Sunday, April 12 through Thursday, April 16
Annual Town Meeting


1:00 PM (Sunday)
7:00PM All Other Nights

Concord Carlisle High School,
500 Walden Street


Community Preservation Committee makes Funding Recommendations for the 2015 Annual Town Meeting

The Concord Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce its recommendations for Community Preservation Act funding at Concord’s 2015 Annual Town Meeting.  Concord’s CPA fund received twelve applications for the approximately $1.8 million available this year for potential distribution.  In accordance with the state CPA statute, a minimum of 10% of the available funds must be allocated to projects in each of the three categories of Community Housing, Historic Preservation and Open Space.  The remaining funds may be distributed between the above three categories and for Recreation category projects as recommended by the CPC and approved by vote of Town Meeting.
The CPC evaluated each project in accordance with the criteria established in the Town’s Community Preservation Plan, conducted a group site visit to each of the represented properties, and presented the applications at a public hearing in November.  With these assessments in mind, the CPC completed its review in December and established the following funding recommendations:

COMMUNITY HOUSING RECOMMENDATIONS:

Regional Housing Services Program, Town of Concord: $27,000 to fund the Town’s membership in the Regional Housing Services Office, an inter-municipal organization which provides professional housing staff for the administration of Concord’s affordable housing programs and five neighboring communities.  This funding will also be used to complete the required five year update of the Town’s Housing Production Plan. 

Peter Bulkeley Terrace Phase II, Concord Housing Authority - $370,804 towards the completion of the last four housing units in the Peter Bulkeley Terrace Development.  This project will create additional housing for low income senior and disabled residents and includes one fully accessible unit.  The project will also include limited site work and provide additional on-site parking.

Junction Village Affordable Assisted Living Development, Concord Housing Development Corporation - $45,000 for the development of an 83 unit, fully affordable assisted living complex on former State lands in West Concord.   The CHDC is working with the Grantham Group, a Massachusetts firm with experience in affordable assisted living development, to complete this project.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION RECOMMENDATIONS;

MCI Concord Fountain Restoration, Mass. Dept. of Corrections and Alek Lyman - $60,680 to fund the restoration of the ca. 1870s cast iron, tiered fountain located in front of the original Reformatory building on Route 2.  This project will also include restoring the working elements of the fountain as well as new plantings and landscaping.

Wright Tavern Exterior Restoration, Trustees of Donations at First Parish Church - $75,000 to continue the exterior rehabilitation of the ca. 1747 historic tavern and National Historic Landmark.  This work will include the restoration of 35 windows; the installation of new storm windows and gutters; and the repair and restoration of an original exterior door.

Interior Restoration of the Old Manse - Phase II, Trustees of Reservations - $74,500 to assist in funding Phase II of a three year project to protect and restore the interior of the National Historic Landmark.  The work in this phase will include reducing humidity and ultraviolet light impacts on interior spaces; conserving significant artifacts and furniture; and restoring interior finishes.

Archaeology Program, Town of Concord - $10,000 to implement the Concord-Brandeis Archaeological Initiative and its pilot program at McGrath Farm.  Funding will cover initial supplies and equipment as well as the necessary storage and cataloging materials for any artifacts recovered over the course of the project.

OPEN SPACE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Open Space Reserve Fund, Town of Concord: $35,000 to be placed in an existing reserve for future Open Space projects and/or land acquisitions involving agriculture, open space, or recreational purposes.

OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

Warner’s Pond Dredging Feasibility Study, Town of Concord - $65,000 to complete the feasibility study to determine the best strategy for preserving the open space and recreational opportunities provided at Warner’s Pond.  This project is recommended in the 2012 Warner’s Pond Management Plan to remediate the problems created as the Pond has gradually filled with sediment over time.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Phase 2B and 2C in Concord, Town of Concord - $125,00 to assist with the completion of the 100% design plan 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.

RECREATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

Phase II Completion of the Natural Playscape at Ripley, Concord Children’s Center - $64,937 to complete infrastructure work and install additional accessible play elements in this universally-accessible, nature-based recreation area.  This work will include installing the new play surfaces, community swing and inclusive merry-go-round, benches, tables, and child powered water pump included in the Phase II designs.   

Fields Renovation Project at Concord Carlisle High School - Phase II, Concord Carlisle at Play, Inc. - $670,000 for work included in Phase II of the CCHS Fields Renovation Project.  Work in this phase will include the reconstruction of JV baseball and softball fields; the construction of new accessible paths, drainage and infrastructure systems, and walkways; and the installation of new fencing, lighting and other needed facility improvements.

OPEN CATEGORY RECOMMENDATION:

Land Acquisition Project Fund, Town of Concord: $150,000 to be placed in an existing reserve account for future land purchases which support the Town’s efforts to create additional community housing, protect open spaces, and/or establish new recreation facilities.

The CPC is in the process of formatting these recommendations into a warrant article for the 2015 Annual Town Meeting.  In February, the Finance Committee will hold a public hearing for further review and comment on these CPA funding recommendations.  For further information on the Community Preservation Committee and this year’s funding recommendations, contact Lara Kritzer in the Department of Planning & Land Management at lkritzer@concordma.gov  or (978) 318-3293.


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 2014, Concord received a 31.46% match from these State funds, thanks in part to recently passed legislation at the State level which added surplus State funds to the CPA Trust Fund.  State funds have added $4,395,995 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, the Town has $125,000 in the Community Housing Reserve Fund; $15,000 in the Historic Preservation Reserve Fund; $35,417 in the Open Space Reserve Fund and $826 in an undesignated Land Acquisition Fund.        
What does the surcharge really mean to Concord taxpayers? The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY15, the median home in Concord had an assessed value of $732,600.  After subtracting the CPA exemption for the first $100,000 of the taxable value of a residential property, and multiplying this number by the recommended FY15 tax rate of $14.29 per $1000 of value, the median tax amount is $9,039.85.  The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $136.


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 December 18, 2014)








 
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