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Public Hearing Scheduled for Input on CPA

October 12 @ 6:00 pm

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Input on CPA

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Salem Community Preservation Committee seeks public comment on priorities.

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was adopted by Salem voters in November 2012. The act established a local dedicated fund, financed by a voter-approved property tax surcharge and matching funds from the statewide CPA Trust Fund, to undertake open space, historic preservation, outdoor recreation, and community housing projects.

Implementation of the CPA in Salem is overseen by City’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC), which is composed of representatives from the City’s Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Planning Board, Park & Recreation Commission, and Salem Housing Authority, along with appointees from the Mayor and the City Council.

As part of its responsibilities, the CPC annually updates its Community Preservation Plan. The plan includes guidance and criteria for selecting projects. To aid in the update of the plan, the CPC has scheduled a public information hearing for Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00 pm via remote participation with instructions to be posted to www.salem.com no later than October 5, 2021. The purpose of the hearing is to give the public an opportunity to comment on Salem’s needs, opportunities, and resources in regard to open space,

historic preservation, outdoor recreation, and community housing. After the public hearing, a draft FY22 Community Preservation Plan will be prepared and made available for public comment. Following this, the CPC will solicit project proposals, review submitted applications, and recommend projects to the City Council for funding. The deadline for the next round of proposals is estimated for mid-March 2022.

In addition to the public hearing, written comments may be sent to the Department of Planning and Community Development, 98 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970 by October 22, 2021. Information on the CPA can be found at http://www.salem.com/community-preservation-committee.

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