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Community Preservation Act (CPA) legislation was designed to help Massachusetts towns and cities plan ahead for sustainable growth and provide funds to achieve their community preservation goals. The CPA (MGL. c. 44B) was enacted by state legislators in 2000 allowing any Town in the Commonwealth to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which and any matching state funds could be directed to community housing, historic resources, open space, and recreational projects.
The CPC consists of nine voting members. Seven members represent existing committees from the Affordable Housing Committee, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Committee, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and the Yarmouth Housing Authority. The two remaining seats are citizen-at-large positions appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
The Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to Town Meeting for funding for community housing, historic, open space, and recreation projects.
The Community Preservation Act application is available online or at Town Hall in the Department of Community Development.
The Committee is required to study the community preservation needs of the city or town, hold a public hearing, consult with relevant boards and committees and make recommendations to the legislative body for the expenditure of CPA funds. The legislative body may approve, reduce or reject the recommended appropriations, or it may reserve CPA funds for future projects.
Twelve (12) copies and all accompanying documents must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Town Hall at the address below. Town of YarmouthDepartment of Community Development1146 Route 28South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Applications not received by the deadline, may be eligible for consideration at a Special Town Meeting. Please note that Special Town Meetings are not a regular occurrence.
Types of restrictions may include affordable housing deed riders, historic preservation restrictions, and conservation restrictions. Restrictions run with the land in perpetuity and are enforced by a governing agency.
Moderate income is less than 100%, and low income is less than 80%, of U.S. HUD Area Wide Median Income.
Does not include horse or dog racing or the use of land for a stadium, gymnasium or similar structure.