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.  For more information on project eligibility from the Department of Revenue, please click here.

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.  Please visit our Boards And Commissions Page for more information.

Before reviewing reviewing project applications, the CPC must adopt a Community Preservation Plan that outlines City goals and priorities.  As part of that process, the CPC held one public input session in September, created a public survey that received 672 responses, and held a public hearing.  Based on that input, the CPC adopted the Plan on January 8, 2018.  The final Community Preservation Plan can be found here.

The CPC solicited project eligibility applications and received 20 applications.  Of those 20 applications, 13 were deemed eligible, requesting a total of $1,147,150.  Eleven of the eligible applicants submitted funding applications, requesting a total of $659,915.  After receiving presentations on all of the projects and evaluating them based on the previously developed scoring criteria, the CPC unanimously recommended providing full and partial funding totally $320,000 to the 11 projects.  The City Council unanimously approved the CPC recommendations on June 26, 2018.  Project awards can be found here.

Administration of Year 2

The CPC has resumed activities in preparation of Fiscal Year 2019 funding cycle in the Fall of 2018.  A public hearing is scheduled for October 15, 2018, to review the priorities of the Committee as well as the process of awarding projects in Year 1.

The CPC has also announced the commencement of Year 2 of soliciting projects.  Eligibility Applications are due on December 3, 2018.  The guidelines and application document can be downloaded here.

For more information, please contact Cornelius Hoss at choss@cityofpittsfield.org or (413) 499-9366.  For more information on the Community Preservation Act, visit the Community Preservation Coalition website.