The Greenfield Community Preservation Committee is seeking input from the public on the use of Community Preservation Act funds. The committee has approximately $335,000 to allocate to projects submitted by individuals, community groups, nonprofits and City government that enhance affordable housing, historic preservation and outdoor recreation/open space. Twenty thousand dollars is reserved for each of the three project categories.
The funds were generated through the City’s participation in a state program that allows a 1% surcharge on property taxes to be dedicated to these priorities. The program was approved by Greenfield voters in November 2020.
“This is an opportunity to improve neighborhoods and the quality of life in Greenfield and we are looking to hear from members of the community about projects that most interest them,” said Community Preservation Committee Chair Travis Drury. “We are holding listening sessions and a public hearing this summer to solicit ideas from the public.”
The CPC has developed a draft Community Preservation Plan highlighting priorities that align with allowable uses under the Community Preservation Act. To gather citizen feedback on those priorities, the committee will hold a public hearing on the plan, on July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the John Zon Center at 35 Pleasant Street.
Listening sessions are also scheduled for August 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market on Court Square and August 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area at 1 Nash’s Mill Road. Feedback is also being accepted online at bit.ly/GfieldCPC, where members of the community can view the City’s draft plan and related documents.
Applications for proposed CPA projects will be available in August. Pre-applications must be submitted by September 30; final applications are due by November 30. Proposals will first be reviewed by the Community Preservation Committee. Ultimately, the City Council will vote on which projects receive funding.
Those interested in learning more about the process or submitting an application are encouraged to attend one of the committee’s events this summer or contact Grant Program Assistant Christian LaPlante at 413-772-1548, ext. 4.