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Community Preservation Committee

Appointed by the Mayor

Department of Planning & Community Development

1 JFK Memorial Drive

Braintree, MA 02184

Phone: 781-794-8230


Linda Raiss - Chair - Resident Representative

Dick Fletcher - V-Chair/Secretary - Housing Authority Representative

Kevin Bears - Conservation Commission Representative

Ronald Frazier- Historical Commission Representative

Darryl Mikami - Planning Board Representative

Thomas Whalen - Resident Representative

Mark Preziosi - Parks & Recreation Advisory Representative  

Derek Manning, Community Preservation Program Manager

Phone: 781-794- 8231

dmanning@braintreema.gov

 

 

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT

 

In 2002 the Town of Braintree passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA).  Passage of CPA allowed the Town to establish a Community Preservation Fund to support open space, historic preservation, outdoor recreation, and community housing.  Monies for the fund come from a 1% property tax surcharge and matching dollars from the state.  Through 2016 Braintree has received more than $11.1 million in CPA funds ($7.3 million in local property tax surcharge and $3.8 million in state matching funds). 

 

 

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

 

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is a seven member volunteer committee that is responsible for oversight of the Town’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) program.  The CPC is appointed by the Mayor and meets monthly.  In managing the program the CPC has studied the needs, possibilities, and resources of the town’s: open space, historic, outdoor recreation, and community housing assets and developed goals for the enhancement of each through CPA projects. 

 

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT PROJECTS

 

Any individual or organization can submit a CPA project application to the CPC for funding consideration.  A wide range of projects are eligible for CPA funds provided they benefit the town and address one or more the CPA topic areas (open space, historic resources, outdoor recreation, and community housing).  The following chart provides a summary of the applicable uses of CPA funding. 

 

 

Open Space

Historic Resources

Outdoor Recreation

Community Housing

Acquire

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Create

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Preserve

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support

No

No

No

Yes

Rehabilitate/Restore

Yes, if acquired or created with CPA funds

Yes

Yes

Yes, if acquired or created with CPA funds

CPA funds may not be used for maintenance of real property or construction of a stadium, gymnasium, or similar structure of the acquisition of artificial turf for athletic fields.

Funding can be provided to a private organization, but only when it is in the public interest of the town within the categories mentioned above.

Examples of CPA funded projects in Braintree and throughout the state can be found on the Community Preservation Coalition’s database.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Anyone interested in submitting a CPA project should begin by reviewing the Braintree Community Preservation Committee Application Packet and contacting the Department of Planning and Community Development.  The department will assist applicants in determining if a proposed project is eligible for CPA funding and will provide guidance in completing the application packet.  Submitted applications first undergo a technical review by Planning Division staff.  If the staff is satisfied that the project is eligible for funding and the application is complete, the application will be forwarded to the CPC for consideration.

 

Upon receipt of the application, the CPC will schedule at least two meetings with the applicant.  The first meeting is a preliminary review during which the CPC may ask the applicant for clarification or additional information on the project.  The second meeting is a comprehensive review of the application.  During the review process the CPC may ask for input from other town committees or boards.  The application review may take as little as three months but may take longer based on the nature and scale of the project.

 

During the application review the CPC will consider a number of factors including the extent to which the application meets Town’s CPA goals and criteria as outlined in the table below.  If the CPC votes to support the project the application is forwarded onto the Town Council with a recommendation that it receive funding.  The proposal then goes through the town’s legislative process for approval or denial of funding.

 

 

 

Goals

Criteria

Open Space

  • Preserve strategic tracts of undeveloped land
  • Create open space through the removal of degraded structures and restoration of open space
  • Preserves the character of the town and/or neighborhood
  • Protects lands important to current and future drinking water quantity and quality
  • Protects important surface water bodies, including wetlands, vernal pools, or riparian zones
  • Provides flood control/storm water storage
  • Protects or enhances wildlife habitat including corridors for wildlife movement or prevents fragmentation of wildlife habitat
  • Improves public passive recreational opportunities as well as access and connection to existing trails and potential trail linkages
  • Uses land protection strategies that maximize protection at the lowest public cost, such as purchasing development rights as an option to outright purchase.

Historic Resources

  • Protecting historical resources, especially those that are threatened
  • Promoting the use of the Town’s historic resources for the enjoyment of the public
  • Recognizing, preserving, and enhancing the historic heritage and character of the Town for current and future generations
  • Level of historic significance
  • Level of public benefit
  • Level of public support
  • Appropriateness and professionalism of proposed work

Outdoor Recreation

  • Expands the range of recreational opportunities for residents of all ages, including community gardening, biking, swimming, fishing, skating, boating, canoeing, hiking and walking, and the use of land as a park, playground, or athletic field
  • Creation of new recreational opportunities

Community Housing

  • Maintain or enlarge the Town’s percentage of affordable housing units
  • Ensure affordability in perpetuity
  • Promote re-use of existing buildings and housing stock for affordable housing
  • Encourage private/public partnerships
  • Bring current affordable housing up to code or make it accessible
  • Preserve or enhance existing affordable housing
  • Promotes affordable housing for a variety of income levels, with the Range of Affordability up to 100% of the Area Median Income
  • Aids the town in achieving or maintaining 10% of housing as affordable for those with up to 80% of the Area Median Income
  • Provides affordable housing at a scale in harmony with the existing neighborhood
  • Allows for local preference pools when administering the renting, sale, or re-sale of affordable housing units and promotes diversity
  • Ensures continued availability of affordable housing in the future
  • Brings current affordable housing up to code
  • Preserves or enhances existing affordable housing for its occupants

 

In addition to considering the goals and criteria for each area of emphasis, the CPC will also consider if the project:

 

  • Saves resources that would otherwise be threatened;
  • Meets multiple needs and serves multiple populations and/or a currently underserved population;
  • Has an advantageous cost/benefit value;
  • Allows for leverage of other funding, either financial or in-kind;
  • Satisfies the goals of the Town’s Master Plan, Open Space and Recreation Plan, Affordable Housing Plan, and other planning documents adopted by the Town.

 

Additional information on the CPA application process and decision criteria can be found in the Braintree Community Preservation Committee Application Packet.

 

Useful Documents and Links:

          Community Preservation Act (MGL c. 44B §3-7)

          Community Preservation Organization

 

 

 
 
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