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Community input is a vital element to this planning process. The project team has carefully crafted a combination of tools and events to solicit feedback from the community. In addition to this website, the project includes several in-person events.


On this page, we hope to bridge the connection between online and in-person conversations. You will find informational materials and results as well as opportunities to continue conversations that emerged from community events.


We will be hosting a live webinar on Tuesday June 30 at 6pm to share information about CPA in Watertown, about this project, and to answer questions from the community. Register today!


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Community Forum #1, JM Goldson LLC


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Community input is a vital element to this planning process. The project team has carefully crafted a combination of tools and events to solicit feedback from the community. In addition to this website, the project includes several in-person events.


On this page, we hope to bridge the connection between online and in-person conversations. You will find informational materials and results as well as opportunities to continue conversations that emerged from community events.


We will be hosting a live webinar on Tuesday June 30 at 6pm to share information about CPA in Watertown, about this project, and to answer questions from the community. Register today!


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Community Forum #1, JM Goldson LLC


VIDEO LIBRARY


DOCUMENT LIBRARY


If you have questions about CPA or Watertown's Community Preservation Plan, you can post them here or email Watertown's Community Preservation Coordinator, Lanae Handy: lhandy@watertown-ma.gov

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    What is the current balance of Watertown’s CPA fund and how are those revenues broken down (local share, state share, interest, etc)?

    6 months ago

    As of January 28, 2020, the Watertown CPA balance was $6,125,022. From Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 through FY2020 to date, the CPC has generated $5,468,457 through the local property tax surcharge, $660,643 in state shares, and $14,392 in interest revenue. The CPA Funds are held in various accounts in various financial institutions in accordance with MA State Law(s). One of the major financial institutions that the Town of Watertown uses, like many other cities and towns within Massachusetts, is the Mass. Municipal Depository Trust (MMDT). Interest rates/return on investment can vary and/or fluctuate for many different reasons. This MMDT performance chart shows recent rates of return. http://www.mymmdt.com/MMDT/mutualfunds/details/performance.do?fundshareid=13512&Ibasketid=23791


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    Community comment from Forum #1: If CPA funds are used to acquire a property that is then later sold to another owner, does that money (including profit) go back into the CPA fund?

    6 months ago

    Yes, under this circumstance the sale proceeds in their entirety would be returned to the CPA funding category from which the money to purchase the property was originally taken. For example, if 50% of the money was taken from open space and 50% from historic preservation, then 50% of the sale proceeds would be replaced to the open space pot and 50% would be replaced to the historic preservation pot.  If the funds were taken from the undesignated pot, the entirety of the sale proceeds would be replaced to that pot.

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    Community comment from Forum #1: How can the community encourage land owners to agree to sell their property for open space preservation, rather than selling to developers (higher profit)? Undeveloped land is sparse in Watertown.

    6 months ago

    Many communities have success when they partner with a non-profit land trust or other conservation organization to negotiate an attractive open space conservation deal that can incorporate strategic use of tax incentives as well as public and private funds (e.g. Trustees of Reservations, Trust for Public Land, or others).

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    Community comment from Forum #1: Can the CPC arrange for technical assistance for people trying to put together project plans (some may be complex)?

    6 months ago

    Watertown's Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and Community Preservation Coordinator can provide general guidance but each project application will require a responsible and accountable project manager who is willing to take on logistics and oversight for the project. Watertown's CPC may consider holding information sessions to help applicants prepare their funding requests for the first application round and/or on an annual basis.

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    Community comment from Forum #1: Can CPA funds be used to establish an Affordable Housing Trust?

    6 months ago

    Yes! CPA funds can be allocated to a new or existing Affordable Housing Trust. This is quite a common strategy to support community housing with CPA funds. 

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    Community comment from Forum #1: How can the CPC and Town Council make it possible for CPA funds to be used for time-sensitive opportunities that arise?

    6 months ago

    It is quite common for a local Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to create a policy allowing the CPC to waive requirements to expedite the application process to accommodate urgent requests. The CPC will consider policies such as this as the Community Preservation Plan is developed.