Community Preservation Committee – Did you know? | eHop
The Community Preservation Committee has nine appointed members, including representatives from the Planning Board, Open Spaces Preservation Committee, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, housing authority and four At-Large members appointed by the council of elected officials. At-Large members serve three-year terms expiring June 30 on a rotating basis. The city usually posts an announcement about upcoming openings in May on the HopNotices board. Check the city calendar for meeting dates, times and locations.
In 2001, the citizens of Hopkinton voted to pass the Community Preservation Act (MGL Chapter 267 of the Acts of 2000) and thus approved a 2% surcharge on the annual property tax. Revenues from this surtax are dedicated to the preservation of open spaces, historic sites, affordable housing, and passive/active outdoor recreation. Local revenue is supplemented by a state community preservation trust fund (state revenue collected through fees charged to the Massachusetts Deed Registrars). The percentage of state disbursements changes from year to year depending on the amount of the Community Preservation Trust Fund. In 2012, an amendment to Chapter 267 added $25 million to this fund. The availability of funds depends on two factors, the number of deeds registered in a given year and the number of cities and towns competing for CPA state dollars.
Under the provisions of the CPA, a Hopkinton Community Preservation Committee was established to identify the city’s community preservation needs, capabilities and resources. The CPC reviews proposals made by groups and individuals to ensure that they meet the criteria of the law, benefit the community and are financially feasible. Applications for CPC funding are usually due in September, with a notice posted on the HopNotices board in August. The committee then makes recommendations to the annual municipal meeting. The CPC may include in its recommendations a set-aside request for future expenditures for specific purposes that are compatible with the preservation of the community, but for which sufficient revenue is not immediately available.
Examples of projects funded by the Community Preservation Committee:
- Historic Preservation: Train Depot at Ice Pond
- Open space: Phipps property
- Active Leisure: Fruit Street Sports Complex
- Affordable Housing: Mayhew Court
Land Use Department
Shannon Soares [email protected]
Henry Kunicki, President 2017-18
How to join the community preservation committee:
Apply online in May-June for annual openings, or any time of the year for unexpected vacancies: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug