Community Preservation Act forum will focus on regional funding options

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Stuart Saginor, executive director of the Community Preservation Coalition, a statewide group that helped establish the Community Preservation Act (CPA), will present a an overview of the latest news, trends, and best practices on the CPA statewide — “CPA:  What makes it great?” — as part of an Island-wide forum on regional funding options within the CPA on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 pm at the Sailing Camp off Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs.

State representative Tim Madden will participate in the forum, which will include a panel of Island CPA advocates and a discussion on the topic “Six Towns, One Island: The CPA and Regional Funding Opportunities.” The panel includes Mr. Madden; Aquinnah town administrator Adam Wilson, a CPC member and leader in the campaign to move the Gay Head Lighthouse, funded in part by CPA contributions from Island towns; and Philippe Jordi, executive director of the Island Housing Trust, which has received CPA funds for regional affordable-housing projects.

Money generated by the Community Preservation Act may be used for open space and historical preservation, development of affordable housing, and the acquisition and development of outdoor recreational facilities. Projects must be approved at town meeting after review by the town’s Community Preservation Commission.

CPA money has been used for several regional projects, including Martha’s Vineyard Museum historic-preservation projects, window repair at the Dukes County courthouse, the new Little League field and the Gay Head Lighthouse relocation project.

For more information on the forum, contact Margaret Knight, administrative assistant, Oak Bluffs Community Preservation Committee, 508-693-3554, ext. 131.