Community Preservation Committee

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

In November 2020, the City of Framingham adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA), MG Chapter 44B. This statewide legislation allows cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge which, along with state matching funds, is used for open space preservation, creation of community housing, preservation of historic buildings and landscapes, and creation of recreation opportunities.

Consistent with the requirements of the CPA, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was formed.

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is comprised of nine (9) members. Five (5) seats are filled per state CPA statute by representatives from the following City Boards: Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Framingham Housing Authority, Parks & Recreation Committee, and Planning Board. The remaining four (4) seats are At-Large members appointed by the City Council. The four (4) At-Large members are prohibited from holding any other municipal position on a multiple-member body nor hold any position as a municipal officer while serving as a member of the CPC.

Name Position Appointing Authority Term Expiration
Thomas Mahoney Chair City Council June 2024
Judith Grove Vice Chair City Council June 2024
Liz Kaprielian Clerk City Council June 2022
Shannon Stevens Finance Administrator Parks & Recreation Commission June 2022
 T.J. Liveston Member Conservation Commission June 2023
Joseph Norton Member Planning Board June 2024
Steve Starr Member Housing Authority June 2023
Doug Stephan Member City Council June 2023
Fred Wallace Member Historical Commission June 2022

DUTIES OF COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

The CPC is responsible for evaluating the community preservation needs of Framingham and making recommendations for appropriations from the Community Preservation Fund (CPC Fund) to the City Council as part of the annual budget process. During meetings, the CPC discusses its role as a facilitator to promote community preservation in Framingham and strives to:

  • Communicate the Community Preservation Act mission and goals to the residents of the City
  • Seek input and project ideas from the community
  • Utilize community goals articulated in other public documents that have received wide scrutiny and public input
  • Be a catalyst for projects
  • Be a funding source, not a developer
  • Meet multiple Community Preservation goals in each project 

The committee will hold at least one public, informational hearing as part of the initial study and the annual review process. Notice of the annual hearing will be posted at least two weeks before the hearing date. 

MEETING INFORMATION
 The CPC will meet at a minimum on the second and fourth Monday monthly at 7 p.m. unless rescheduled due to holidays or conflicts. Additional meetings as required. Meetings will be held in person when possible, or via Zoom when that is not possible.