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Public Informational Hearing
You are cordially invited to a Public Informational Hearing with Nahant’s Community Preservation Committee
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.
Nahant Town Hall – Lower Level
• Meet the Committee members
• Learn about the Community Preservation Act
• Discuss recent changes to the CPA
• Learn about the grant application process
• Discuss eligibility for funding grants and project scopes
• Develop an appreciation of Nahant’s unfunded needs
• Provide the Committee with citizen insight
Overview | On April 24, 2004, Nahant adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA), MGL c. 44B. This action added a 3% surcharge to town property taxes above the first $100,000 of assessed value.
Consistent with the CPA legislation, revenues from the surcharge and matching State funds must be devoted to open space, historic preservation, affordable housing and certain recreational uses. The first three of these areas must receive an allocation of at least 10% of each year's revenues.
Mission | The primary mission of the Community Preservation Committee is to protect and enhance Nahant's unique character as a coastal residential community by facilitating efforts to preserve historic places and structures, to retain and protect open spaces, to increase and/or develop lands available for recreational use and to seek creative solutions to the problem of affordable housing in Nahant.
Process | Consistent with the terms of the CPA, the Nahant Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was formed to study and recommend to Town Meeting plans and proposals regarding the expenditure of Nahant's CPA revenues. The CPC will serve as a reliable, predictable and flexible clearing house for community preservation ideas, plans and activities recognizing its responsibility to represent the common interests and greater good of the town. In line with this, the CPC views itself as facilitator, advisor and agent for funding recommendations. Town departments, civic organizations and property owners will be solicited for funding proposals. The committee, in turn, will provide plans and recommendations to the Town Meeting incorporating ideas and proposals that appear to best serve Nahant's community preservation needs.