Friday, October 16, 2020

Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)

FM #365 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 365 in the series.

This shares the Community Preservation Act Webinar hosted by the CPAForFranklin group on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The webinar was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

This is the audio recording of the webinar. Links the presentation document and the webinar agenda doc are shared in the show notes.

The webinar runs about 66 minutes so let’s listen to the information shared in the webinar about the Community Preservation Act which is ballot question 3 for the Franklin, MA November election.

More about the CPAForFranklin group and the Community Preservation Act can be found at  https://www.cpaforfranklin.org/

Audio link =  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyV0fqFK


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The webinar agenda doc
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13SXYzw2QJidTitdOKVgrB8Le6I9kdC4x/view?usp=sharing

The main presentation doc
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_qVhDBTTr3FzfPL6AeftTNiVbAczGJXS/view?usp=sharing


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Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)
Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)

Community Preservation Act (CPA) webinar documents

The opening and closing slides for the webinar held Thursday evening, Oct 15. The audio and video are being processed for replay and will be shared as soon as available:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13SXYzw2QJidTitdOKVgrB8Le6I9kdC4x/view?usp=sharing

 

The main presentation document talked to by Stuart Saginor, Executive Director of the Community Preservation Coalition:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_qVhDBTTr3FzfPL6AeftTNiVbAczGJXS/view?usp=sharing

  

 

Community Preservation Act (CPA) webinar documents
Community Preservation Act (CPA) webinar documents

 

Support For CPA - Susan Speers (Audio)

Support For CPA - Susan Speers (Audio) 

Our thanks to Susan for taking time to do this for Franklin!

 

Link to document = https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTT7LzFwVRSaFd6l29DQ7_iAM9QdWieHqjBaReIC2JibfgadfV4bBnJlbHekF2mjnNSB8fpccr--NQ-/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Did you know? The CPA deep dive is tonight - Oct 15, 2020

Did you know... we will dive deep into the nitty gritty of how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works Thursday night in our webinar but here are three points to remember:

1. Every residential property is given a deduction for the first $100,000 of value before the CPA surcharge is calculated.

2. Moderate income seniors can apply for an exemption from the CPA surcharge

3. Low income families can apply for an exemption from the CPA surcharge

These three exemptions were chosen by our Town Council to minimize the impact on residents while gaining the benefits of CPA for our entire community.

But for that promised deep dive, please connect to our Zoom webinar Thursday night via your computer, tablet or phone. Details for connecting are posted in the Facebook Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/348059139868931

 
  • Download your copy of the flyer for the webinar 

 

 

 

Did you know? The CPA deep dive is tonight? Oct 15, 2020
Did you know? The CPA deep dive is tonight? Oct 15, 2020

 

Support For CPA - Barry Kassler (Audio )

Support For CPA - Barry Kassler (Audio )

Our thanks to Barry for taking time to do this for Franklin!

 

 

Link to document = https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSWZrhrG_OdTxZt4-hXOxt5rm_LSEHgd1Cm0qCbDtZCG16rrnrSwl6iAHKr6l_hGRUp4aoBSvtuUdvP/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Question of the day: "My concern is with the committee and selection process"

Question of the day: 
"My concern is with the committee and selection process… Any project the CPA panel selects should make sure the people and neighborhoods (affected) know about and approve of it. And do it before bringing it to the Town Council. Do mailings, social media, print news. Residents are getting tired of being blind sided. Otherwise, it seems OK. Anything to slow down development and preserve the character of the town. Good luck."

Answer: 

One of the criteria typically required of an applicant for CPA funding is to demonstrate community support for the project.  Typically, this consists of letters and committee votes in the relevant areas: i.e., if it’s a playground, a letter of recommendation from Recreation; if it’s a project to restore a Town-owned historic site, a vote of the Historical Commission along with a letter; if it’s a proposal to purchase property for open space, then a recommendation from the Open Space Committee and the Conservation Commission.

But letters of support from abutters are also important to the success of the application on projects which are going to directly impact a particular neighborhood, for example, the preservation of an open space parcel. 

Each town's Community Preservation Committee is required to hold an annual town-wide forum to get feedback from the public, to hear what projects are being considered and to find out what residents would like to see accomplished.  Often, the timeline for accepting applications is coordinated with the date of the annual forum, in order to facilitate an efficient approval process.  Because Franklin has a Town Council, it has a lot more flexibility on the timing than a Town Meeting town does.  This is particularly helpful when the Town needs to react quickly, as it would if a parcel of open space came up for sale. 

The bottom line is that it is called the Community Preservation Act for a reason: because it involves the community, rather than excluding it

 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com.  

Question of the day: "My concern is with the committee and selection process"
Question of the day: "My concern is with the committee and selection process"

 

Support for CPA - Mike Doherty (audio)

Support for CPA - Mike Doherty (audio)

Our thanks to Mike for taking time to do this for Franklin!

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Question of the Day: Is there really any open space left to save in Franklin?

Question of the Day: 
"Is there really any open space left to save in Franklin?"

Answer: 
Yes, Franklin does have many undeveloped parcels which are not currently protected in any way. Among the remaining privately owned open space are small farms, woodlots, and pockets of forest which today serve as buffers for wildlife and also contribute to scenic landscapes along roads all around Franklin. The private woodlots and small farms you see driving around are at risk of development just as so many have been over the past 50 years.

Franklin also still has hundreds of acres of land classified as Private Recreation, as well as farms and woodlots, on which the Town will have the right of first refusal if there is a change in use. These areas are enrolled in a state tax reduction program called Chapter 61. 

Franklin will be updating its last Open Space & Recreation Plan soon and the new plan can help guide decisions on how to invest the open space and recreation “bucket” of the Community Preservation fund. 
 
 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com

 
 
Open Space & Recreation Plan
Open Space & Recreation Plan

 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Question of the Day: "Will there be enough money raised to accomplish something?"

Question of the Day: 
“I don’t mind paying more on my taxes for saving open space, but I don’t want to pay more for the other uses. If money raised gets split up, will it really ever be enough to do anything with?”
Answer: 
If we adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) at the 2% surcharge, the Town of Franklin has estimated that the amount raised each year could be over $1 Million a year. Since the law requires that at least 10% of each year’s income is set aside for the three categories, there should be at least $100,000 added to the 3 “buckets” each year. 

The funds designated for a particular category of use can never be used for a different category and will accumulate in that “bucket” until a project is approved. 

Therefore, the funds designated for Open Space/Recreation (which together are one category) cannot be used to fund projects in other categories. The funds set aside for each use remain available for future projects in that category. 

Another option under CPA allows the Town to borrow against the future CPA revenue if there is an expensive proposal or multi-year on which the Town wishes to act.

After 10% is assigned each year to the three "buckets," the remainder is available to use for any type of project, with a small amount available for administering the CPA. This undesignated account is 70% each year.

Three years into CPA, each bucket would have at least $300K and there would be approximately $2.1M in the undefined bucket. 

If a project for Open Space required $5M to purchase available farm land, the $300K plus some of the $2.1M would be short to fund the full project. The Town could go to finance the remainder committing future CPA funds to this.

So the answer is yes, the funds would take a few years to accumulate but should be enough to fund projects.
 

If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email CPA4Franklin@gmail.com

 

"Will there be enough money raised to accomplish something?"
"Will there be enough money raised to accomplish something?"