The CPA for Franklin Committee is both grateful and inspired by the vote to adopt the Community Preservation Act. Franklin is one of nine communities to pass the ballot issue, which will bring opportunities for historical preservation, set aside open space, enhance and build recreational areas, and create affordable housing.
Several steps will be taken in the coming year to implement Franklin’s CPA. The Town Council will enact a local bylaw and a Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will be formed. The state mandates that a designated representative must come from five town boards: the Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Housing Authority, the Conservation Commission, and the Board of Park Commissioners or other town recreation committee.
In addition, four more members may be appointed from the public, local government, or other municipal boards or committees. The CPC will accept applications for review and recommendation. At least 10% of each year's fund must be set aside for historical preservation, open space/recreation and affordable housing. The remaining 70% can be designated for any eligible category under CPA.
We are confident that many in Franklin have the foresight and energy to propose projects that can be submitted to the CPC. Next year will be the beginning of welcome changes to Franklin.
Monique B. Doyle
Chair, CPA for Franklin
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