Community Preservation Act

Dredging and More: Public Works Projects Abound on Island

From massive dredging and beach renourishment in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown to renovations at the Gay Head Cliffs overlook, a number of public works improvement projects are under way around the Island this winter.

Vineyard Out in Front With Regional Take on CPC Spending

The Vineyard has led the way when it comes to taking a regional approach on Community Preservation Act spending. That was the message from Stuart Saginor, executive director of the Community Preservation Coalition, when officials and residents gathered in Oak Bluffs on Tuesday to brainstorm ways for the six Island towns to more effectively share state funding for capital projects.

State CPC Director Will Visit Island

Executive director of Massachusetts’s Community Preservation Coalition Stuart Saginor will visit the Island from Boston to present CPA: What makes it Great?

Regional Projects Are a Trend In CPA Funding This Year

With budget season underway, the six town community preservation committees are reviewing an array of regional projects that range from the relocation of the Gay Head Light in Aquinnah to a Little League baseball field in Oak Bluffs.

Vineyard Housing Advocates Honored

Two longtime Island affordable housing advocates will be honored at the State House in Boston Tuesday for their contributions under the Community Preservation Act.

Philippe Jordi and Derrill Bazzy are recipients of this year’s Kuehn Community Preservation Award, given out by the Community Preservation Act Coalition.

Tisbury Considers Community Preservation Requests

The weathervane on top of the Katharine Cornell Theatre might have a chance to face north again.

Repairs to the weathervane, which currently faces 180 degrees in the wrong direction, is one of 26 applications the Tisbury Community Preservation Act Committee reviewed for eligibility on Monday night.

Community Preservation Money is Under Pressure

Since it was signed 10 years ago, the state’s Community Preservation Act has seen more than $12 million spent on housing, historical preservation and conservation on Martha’s Vineyard. But now there is growing pressure for Vineyard towns to reconsider their commitment to the CPA.

On Tuesday this week, Tisbury selectmen voted to attach a question to this year’s ballot, asking voters whether they want to maintain the town’s current commitment to the program, wind it back, or drop out completely.

Fund Appeals To Town CPC

Calling it a test of town priorities, the executive director of the Island Affordable Housing Fund this week asked the Oak Bluffs Community Preservation Committee to commit another $400,000 to the financially troubled Bradley Square project, in the name of historic preservation.

Edgartown Approves Transfer of Community Preservation Funds

Fallout from the Island Affordable Housing Fund’s recent shortfall in payments for the Island’s rental assistance program emerged at the Edgartown selectmen’s meeting Monday. The board approved a request from the Edgartown Housing Trust to transfer up to $10,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) money to assist tenants and landlords in Edgartown who are part of the affordable housing program for rental conversion.


Preservation Act Funding Threatened

The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act has been around for a short eight years, but in that relatively short span Island towns have come to depend on funding raised through the program to preserve open space, renovate and improve public parks and create affordable housing.

The act allows towns to assess a three per cent surcharge on property tax bills, which is then matched by the state through a county deeds tax paid on real estate transfers. In the early years of the program, the state matched the local portion 100 per cent.