SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 19, 2013

Letter: Still time to weigh in on Beverly CPA process


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

The Beverly Community Preservation Committee would like to apologize for the late arrival of the introductory letter and brochure explaining the implementation of CPA in Beverly and information on the Dec. 12 public hearing. These materials were meant to arrive in mailboxes before the Thanksgiving holiday, but processing problems at the New Jersey mail house delayed the mailing significantly. In addition to the mailing, the committee publicized the Dec. 12 public hearing by way of articles, legal advertisements, website postings and social media outlets. The public hearing was held to introduce the committee’s draft project selection criteria, solicit feedback from residents, and hear ideas regarding Beverly’s community needs as they relate to open space protection, historic preservation, community housing and outdoor recreation.

It is unfortunate that the delayed mailing may have prevented residents from attending the hearing. The committee regrets the error and would like to thank those who did attend the meeting and for providing valuable input into the process. For those who could not attend the public hearing, comments are still welcome. The draft project evaluation criteria are posted on the CPC website for public review. Go to www.beverlyma.gov under Boards & Commissions — click Community Preservation Committee. Written comments may be submitted through December 20, 2013, to: Planning Department, City Hall, 191 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915. You may also send comments by email to its staff, Amy Maxner at amaxner@beverlyma.gov.

The public is also invited to attend the next meeting of the Beverly Community Preservation Committee on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. All of the CPC meetings are open to the public.

A whole year has passed since Beverly voters adopted the Community Preservation Act in the November 2012 election, so it is understandable that perhaps it faded from memory. Since August of this year, the Committee members, your fellow Beverly citizens and taxpayers, have been hard at work carrying out its duties in implementing the requirements of the CPA. The committee is charged with developing project evaluation criteria to provide guidance in evaluating project proposals and responsible spending of your tax dollars as authorized by Beverly voters through adoption of the Community Preservation Act. The Committee is sincere in its wish that administration of the CPA be a fully participative public process and looks forward to the city reaping the benefits from projects that will enhance Beverly’s character and quality of life.

Wendy Pearl

Chair

Community Preservation Committee