Community Preservation Committee

Next Meeting Schedule / Important Dates

June 1, 2016       New Round of Funding Began
Dec 7, 2016 7:00 PM CPC Meeting
Jan 4, 2017 7:00 PM       1st Half of Proponents' Final Presentations
Jan 5, 2017 7:00 PM 2nd Half of Proponents' Final Presentations
Jan 11, 2017 7:00 PM CPC Votes which projects move to Town Meeting

Members

Names Appointed By
Term Expires
Carol Pyles, Chair
Town Moderator
2018
Jim Conroy, Vice Chair
Historical Commission Representative
2019
Vicki Donlan
Recreation Commission Representative
2019
Tony Kiernan
Town Moderator
2017
Larry Lindner Selectmen 2019
Bob Mosher
Conservation Commission Representative
2019
Kathleen Peters
Selectmen
2017
Gary Tondorf-Dick
Planning Board Representative
2019
James R. Watson
Housing Authority
2019
Carol Costello - Administrator Committee N/A
Roger Fernandes - Town Engineer Committee N/A
Appointed Members
Nine members comprise the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) for the Town of Hingham – one each appointed by and from the Conservation Commission, the Planning Board, the Historical Commission, the Housing Authority, Recreation Commission and the Board of Selectmen, and three citizens at large, one appointed by the Board of Selectmen and two by the Moderator.

About the Committee
The Community Preservation Committee reviews applications submitted by Town bodies and citizens at large for funding projects involving the acquisition of open space/recreation, preservation of historic resources, and the support of low and moderate income housing, and makes recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of the Town's Community Preservation Fund for those purposes. That fund is composed of a 1.5% surtax on Town real estate taxes and state matching grants payable each Fall based on the surtax revenues for the fiscal year ending the prior June 30th, and interest on the accumulated funds.

Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act (Massachusetts General Laws chapter 44B) (“CPA”) is a local option statute enacted by the State Legislature in 2000 and adopted by the Town in 2001.  It enables towns to collect and expend funds (including matching funds from the Commonwealth) to maintain their character by supporting open space, affordable housing, recreation lands, and historic preservation initiatives specifically defined by the CPA.  The current Hingham CPA surcharge rate is 1.5% of real property taxes.   

The Community Preservation Act requires that at least 10% of each year's Community Preservation revenues be spent or set aside for each of the three Community Preservation categories. The remaining 70% is available for spending on any one or more of the categories as the Committee and Town Meeting see fit.

Our Mission
We invest in community housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land to preserve, restore, and enhance Hingham's character as a community.

Our Purpose
The Community Preservation Committee reviews applications submitted by Town bodies and citizens at large for funding projects involving the acquisition of open space/recreation, preservation of historic resources, and the support of low and moderate income housing, and makes recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of the Town's Community Preservation Fund for those purposes.

Fund Grant Steps
Under the Community Preservation Act, funds are granted through two steps:
  1. The CPC recommends an amount of funding for a project
  2. The local legislature votes to appropriate up to the recommended amount of funding.
The CPC may not appropriate funds directly, but the legislature may not appropriate CP funds without a CPC recommendation.