Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC)
- 6:30 p.m. (as needed)
- 4th Wednesday of every month
- Agawam Public Library
750 Cooper Street
Agawam, MA 01001
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes
|Vi Baldwin||Planning Board||413-789-1554|
|Henry Kozloski||Conservation Commission||413-786-6934|
|Les Tingley||Town Council||413-896-4998|
|Richard Maggi||Town Council||413-789-1829|
|Ray Moreau||Town Council||413-786-5777|
|Doreen Prouty||Recreation Commission||413-789-1978|
|Vincent Ronghi||Housing Authority||413-374-8146|
|Louis Russo||Town Council||413-786-9107|
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a tool to help communities preserve open space and historic sites, and create affordable housing and recreational facilities. The Town of Agawam adopted the Community Preservation Act in 2001.
The Community Preservation Act provides new funding sources which can be used to address three core community concerns:
- Acquisition and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes
- Acquisition and preservation of open space
- Creation and support of affordable housing
A minimum of 10% of the annual revenues of the fund must be used for each of the three core community concerns, and up to 5% may be used for administrative expenses of the Community Preservation Committee. The remaining funds can be allocated for any combination of the allowed uses, or for land for recreational use. This gives each community the opportunity to determine its priorities, plan for its future, and have the funds to make those plans happen.
Property taxes traditionally fund the day-to-day operating needs of safety, health, schools, roads, maintenance. - and more. But until the CPA, there was no steady funding source for preserving and improving a community's quality of life and character. The Community Preservation Act can give a community the funds needed to control its future.