CPA in Hamilton
Proposed CPC Projects – Fall 2017
Hamilton CPA By-Law
Section 1 – Establishment, Membership, Terms
There is hereby established a Community Preservation Committee, consisting of nine (9) voting members pursuant to G.L. c. 44B, the Community Preservation Act. The Committee shall act pursuant to G.L. c. 44B, § 5. The composition of the committee, the method of selecting its members, and each member’s length of term is as follows:
One member of the Conservation Commission as designated by the Conservation Commission for a term of three years.
One member of the Historical Commission as designated by the Historical Commission for an initial term of one year and thereafter for a term of three years.
One member of the Planning Board as designated by the Planning Board for a term of three years.
One member of the Board of Selectmen, acting in its capacity as the Board of Park Commissioners, as designated by the Board of Selectmen for an initial term of one year and thereafter for a term of three years.
One member of the Housing Authority as designated by the Housing Authority for an initial term of one year and thereafter for a term of three years.
Four citizens at large to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for initial terms of two years and thereafter each for a term of three years.
Any member who serves as a representative of an appointing committee who ceases during his or her term to be a member of the appointing committee shall also cease to be a member of the Community Preservation Committee. Any member may be removed with or without cause by the appointing committee. Any vacancy during the pendency of a term shall be filled by the appointing committee for the remainder of the term. Members may be eligible for reappointment.
Should any of the Commissions, Boards, or Committees who have appointment authority under this by-law chapter be no longer in existence for any reason, the appointment authority for that Commission, Board, or Committee shall devolve upon the persons acting in the capacity of or performing the duties of the former Commission, Board or Committee. If there are no such persons acting in the capacity of or performing the duties of any such Commission, Board, or Committee, then the appointment shall be the responsibility of the Board of Selectmen.
All initial appointments shall be made within twenty days of the effective date of this by-law. Thereafter, all vacancies, whether at the end of a member’s term or otherwise, shall be filled within twenty days of the creation of the vacancy.
Section 2 – Duties
1. The Committee shall study the needs, possibilities and resources of the town regarding community preservation. The Committee shall consult with existing municipal boards, including but not limited to the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen in its capacity as the Board of Park Commissioners, the Housing Authority and the Open Space Committee, or persons acting in those capacities or performing like duties, in conducting such studies. As part of its study, the Committee shall hold one or more public informational hearings on the needs, possibilities and resources of the town regarding community preservation, notice of which shall be posted publicly and published for each of two weeks preceding a hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the town.
2. The Committee shall make recommendations to the town meeting for the:
acquisition, creation and preservation of open space pursuant to Article XCVII of the Constitution of the Commonwealth and the Hamilton Open Space Plan prepared pursuant to M.G.L.A. c.40 sec. 8C; for the acquisition and preservation of historic resources, for the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use, for the creation, preservation and support of community housing and for rehabilitation or restoration of such open space, historic resources, land for recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created as provided in this by-law. With respect to community housing, the Committee shall recommend, wherever possible, the reuse of existing buildings or construction of new buildings on previously developed sites.
3. The Committee may include in its recommendation to the town meeting a recommendation to set aside for later spending funds for specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation but for which sufficient revenues are not then available in the Community Preservation Fund to accomplish that specific purpose or to set aside for later spending funds for general purposes that are consistent with community preservation. Recommendations for the expenditure of funds shall include the Committee’s anticipated administrative and operating expenses.