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 adopted a Community Preservation Plan that outlines City goals and priorities in January 2018.  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.  The final Community Preservation Plan can be found here.

Administration of Year 1
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 received 15 eligibility applications, requesting a total of $959,800, with a total allocation of potential CPA funding of $613,359.05.  All 15 applications were deemed eligible for CPA funds.  14 funding applications were received.  After review, the CPC recommended the City Council fund 12 of the projects, totaling $575,919.60.  The City Council approved 11 of the 12 projects, allocating $540,648.00.  Project awards can be found here.

A review of the Year 2 activities and an introduction to Year 3 can be found here.

Administration of Year 3
The CPC held a public hearing on September 16, 2019, at 6:00 pm in Room 203 of City Hall, to review CPA activities and priorities and solicit public comment.  The CPC had also announced the opening of the next project eligibility cycle for potential projects.  Eligibility Applications are due on November 1, 2019.  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.