Monday, January 27, 2014 7-9 pm
Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington
Please join us for Arlington Land Trust's Annual
Meeting which will be devoted to a discussion of the Community Preservation
Act. This forum will provide information that has significance for
Arlington's future. A warrant article will be presented to this year's Town
Meeting asking to put the Act on the ballot so the citizens of Arlington
can decide whether to adopt the CPA.
See story below.
We’ll share some refreshments and some successes
of the past year, and look forward to the work ahead in 2014.
Please join us!
Community Preservation Act:
Arlington Adopt It?
Executive Director of the statewide Community Preservation Coalition, will
make a short presentation to explain the basic tenets of the law and
highlight a path to adoption. Then three people familiar with the Act will
participate in a panel discussion and answer audience questions:
Jen Ryan, ALT Board member, former Legislative
Director for Mass Audubon, Board member of the Massachusetts League of
Environmental Voters, and Arlington resident. Jen has worked on new
legislative changes for the CPA.
Sean Caron, Chief of Staff for The Community
Builders, a nonprofit organization with over 500 employees in 14 states and
District of Columbia. In his former job as Director of Public Policy at
Citizen's Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), he worked with Jen Ryan
and the Coalition on getting new CPA legislation through the Massachusetts
House and Senate.
Sarah Burks, Board member of the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum and a Preservation Planner at the
Cambridge Historical Commission. She lives in Arlington. The City of
Cambridge has made good use of the $50 million it has received in CPA funds
for a variety of projects.
the Community Preservation Act
In September 2000, Governor Paul Cellucci signed the Community Preservation Act (CPA)
into law. The Act is "a smart growth tool that helps communities
preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and
develop outdoor recreational facilities. CPA also helps strengthen the
state and local economies by expanding housing opportunities and
construction jobs for the Commonwealth's workforce, and by supporting the
tourism industry through preservation of the Commonwealth's historic and
natural resources." This summary comes from the Community Preservation
Coalition's website at www.communitypreservation.org.
To date, 155 of the 351 Massachusetts towns and
cities have adopted the Act, which is a local option tax on property taxes.
Arlington's restaurant and hotel taxes could also be used to match the
state funding. This year the state match is 52.23 percent. This means that
for every $1 raised locally, the state will contribute more than 52 cents
toward the community's designated projects.
Over the past 13 years, close to $1.2 billion
has been raised for community preservation projects, and over 6,600
initiatives have been approved. Among the results: over 7,300 affordable
housing units have been created or aided; more than 19,000 acres of open
space have been preserved; and over 3,200 historic preservation projects
have been started.
How could the CPA help Arlington? It could
provide an incentive to negotiate a sale of the Mugar
land as a park or as open space to provide flood storage. It could be used
to renovate the historic Jefferson Cutter House, which is the home of the
Cyrus E. Dallin Museum. It could provide funds
for improvements at the Old Schwamb Mill. It
could assist the Housing Corporation of Arlington in their work to provide
more affordable housing for Arlington residents.
questions please contact ALT
President Clarissa Rowe at 781-643-3156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org