Community Preservation Committee
In November 2016, Pittsfield’s voters adopted the Community Preservation Act. The Community Preservation Act (or “CPA”) was adopted in Massachusetts in 2000 (enabled under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B). The purpose of CPA was to enable a locally supported fund supplemented with a partial match from the state that could be utilized for projects that involve historic preservation, open space, outdoor recreation, and affordable housing.
In order to administer the fund, the City must create a local Community Preservation Committee (or “CPC”), which was created in February 2017 under Article LI, Section 2-289 of the City Code. The Committee includes appointments from the Community Development Board, Parks Commission, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission and the Pittsfield Housing Authority, as well as four “at-large” appointments submitted by the Mayor to the City Council for approval.
Before reviewing project applications, the CPC adopted a Community Preservation Plan that outlines City goals and priorities in January 2018. The final Community Preservation Plan can be found here.