Community Preservation Committee Public Hearing, April 14

Wayland’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) invites all interested residents to a Public Hearing on April 14, 2021 at 5:00 on Zoom, hosted by the Town. The link can be found on the agenda posted on the CPC webpage. The topics for discussion will be the five articles that the CPC has submitted for Annual Town Meeting approval. The CPC will review each article and answer questions from attendees.

Wayland adopted the Community Preservation Act twenty years ago with a 1.5% surcharge on annual real estate tax. Through this surcharge and contributions from the State Trust Fund dedicated to towns that have adopted the CPA the town has accumulated close to $20 million. It is required that the funds be spent on Open Space, Historic Preservation, Community Housing and Recreation. It is the responsibility of the CPC to review applications for the funds and recommend specific projects for town meeting consideration.

This year the Open Space projects include planting of native species to support reduction of invasive plants and planting of pollinator gardens. The Recreation projects include in one article: funds to restore the walkway over the Mill Pond Dam, design for the athletic fields at the Middle School, and signs for Heard Farm. An Historic Preservation Project will fund the conservation and digitization of historic documents owned by the Wayland Free Public Library. Another Historic Preservation article seeks funds to rehabilitate the façade and sides of 70-74 Main Street, a late 19th century commercial building that return it to its former appearance and will enhance this streetscape.

Please come to learn about these exciting projects and express your interests and questions.

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