Community Preservation Committee

In November 2016, Pittsfield's voters adopted the Community Preservation Act.  The Community Preservation Act (or "CPA") was adopted in Massachusetts in 2000 (enabled under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B).  The purpose of CPA was to enable a locally supported fund supplemented with a partial match from the state that could be utilized for projects that involve historic preservation, open space, outdoor recreation, and affordable housing.  For more information on project eligibility from the Department of Revenue, please click here.

In order to administer the fund, the City must create a local Community Preservation Committee (or "CPC"), which was created in February 2017 under Article LI, Section 2-289 of the City Code.  The Committee includes appointments from the Community Development Board, Parks Commission, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission and the Pittsfield Housing Authority, as well as four "at-large" appointments submitted by the Mayor to the City Council for approval.  The membership of the committee is as follows:

James Conant, Chair, Representative of the Conservation Commission
Thomas Cracolici, At-Large
John Dickson, Vice-Chair, Representative of the Historical Commission
Shirley Edgerton, At-Large
Alexandra Groff, At-Large
Sheila Irvin, Representative of the Community Development Board
George Moran, Representative of the Pittsfield Housing Authority
Simon Muil, Representative of the Parks Commission
Danielle Steinmann, At-Large

Before soliciting potential projects, the CPC will spend much of the balance of 2017 preparing a prioritization plan.  The CPC is currently accepting public input in relation to the prioritization plan through an online survey, which can be accessed here: CPC Public Input Survey.

The CPC has developed an application that it will circulate later in 2017 once it is ready to solicit project proposals.  To review the application, click here.

For more information, please contact Cornelius Hoss at or (413) 499-9366.  For more information on the Community Preservation Act, visit the Community Preservation Coalition website.

2017 Agendas and Materials
May 30
July 24
August 28
September 25

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