Community Preservation Committee
September 8, 2021 - As part of our required statutory mission, The Manchester Community Preservation Committee (CPC) shall study the needs, possibilities and resources of the town regarding community preservation. We must consult with all existing municipal boards and make recommendations at Town Meeting and approval must be made by Town Meeting for any expenditures and projects before moving ahead on such.
The Manchester Community Preservation Committee invites Town boards, committees, organizations, and residents to submit proposals for CPA funding. As required by the State Community Preservation Act, two weeks notice must be given to residents of the opening of the CPC application season which will be Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will likely be a virtual meeting, Information for access can be found on the Town’s website. It is at this time that the application process begins. Submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2021.
CPA funds can be used for four kinds of projects: Community Housing, Historic preservation, Open Space and Recreation.
More information including a down-loadable project application form and projects that CPA funds have enabled the town to complete can be found below. The application form is also available in the Selectmen's office in Town Hall. Questions can be directed to Helene Shaw-Kwasie, CPC Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jack F. Burke, Jr., Chair and At- Large Representative, 2022
- John Kenney, Housing Authority Representative, 2022
- Sari Oseasojn, Conservation Comm Representative, 2023
- Ronald Mastrogiacomo, Planning Board Representative, 2023
- Christopher Wood Kelly, At-large Representative, 2024
- Sean Daly, Parks & Rec Representative, 2023
- Joan McDonald, Vice-Chair, At-Large Representative, 2023
- Mark Weld, Finance Committee Representative, 2024
- Joseph G. Sabella, Historic District Committee Rep, 2024
The Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act, M.G.L. Chapter 44B, was adopted by the Legislature and signed into law in September 2000. The CPA allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%; the revenues from which are matched by State funds. The combined funding from these two sources is used for the following purposes:
- Acquire, create and preserve open space; and rehabilitate and restore open space if acquired or created with CPA funds
- Acquire, preserve, rehabilitate and restore historic resources
- Acquire, create, and preserve land for recreation use; and rehabilitate and restore land for recreational use if acquired or created with CPA funds
- Acquire, create, preserve, and support community housing; and rehabilitate and restore community housing acquired or created with CPA funds
The CPA in Manchester
The Community Preservation Act was approved by the citizens of Manchester at an initial tax surcharge of .5%. An increase of 1% was approved at the 2010 Town Election to its current rate of 1.5%. The Community Preservation Committee’s responsibilities are to study the needs of the Town of Manchester in cooperation with various town boards, departments, organizations, and citizens and to solicit and evaluate proposals for the use of Community Preservation Act funds for the maximum benefit to the Town of Manchester. The CPC will vote and recommend at Town Meeting those projects which it deems will best achieve the purpose of the Community Preservation Act legislation in the areas of open space, historic preservation, affordable housing and recreation.
The deadline for applications to the CPC is December 1st* of each calendar year. CPC recommendations for which projects will go before Town Meeting will occur no later than the last day in February prior to Town Meeting in the spring. Please refer to the above link: CPA Funding Application Packet for more information on how to apply for CPA funds.
*When December 1 falls on a Sunday, the deadline will be Monday, December 2.