Lowell Community Preservation Committee Seeking Ideas – Lowell Sun

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LOWELL – Town residents will soon have the opportunity to share ideas on recreation, historic preservation and community housing projects that would improve the quality of life in Lowell neighborhoods.

The community preservation committee needs citizen participation in an upcoming public hearing that will run on computers, tablets and smartphones. The CPC is looking for ideas on opportunities and challenges to guide decisions about potential projects.

Two years ago, voters in Lowell approved the imposition of a 1% surtax on local property taxes to be used for community preservation projects. Many towns in the region had previously approved similar surcharges, as permitted by the Community Preservation Act, enacted more than 20 years ago.

CPA’s goal was to create a smart growth tool to help communities preserve open spaces and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreation areas.

The CPA statute also created a statewide community preservation trust fund, administered by the Department of Revenue, which makes annual distributions to communities that have adopted the CPA. These annual disbursements serve as an incentive for communities to take the CPA.

Most communities in Greater Lowell established a CPC years ago. But holdouts in the Merrimack Valley include Methuen, Lawrence, Andover and Haverhill, according to the Community Preservation Coalition website.

Some landmark projects completed with at least partial CPC funding include the restoration of Tyngsboro’s First Parish Meetinghouse and Old Tyngsboro Town Hall; Dracut High School athletic field and improvements to the Veterans Park; purchase of 23 acres of Beaver Brook Farm on Mammoth Road in Dracut; partial financing of several low and moderate income housing units in Chelmsford; and the restoration of town halls in central and north Chelmsford.

Some projects also received grants from other organizations and additional funds approved by municipal assemblies.

Tyngsboro rejected the purchase of the Tyngsboro Country Club even though CPC funds were available.

The Lowell CPC meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday April 29. To attend, join via your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://lowellma.zoom.us/j/87061876217;
Call 646-558-8656 and enter the MEETING ID: 870 6187 6217; Watch channel LTC 99; Watch online at: www.ltc.org/watch/channel-99


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