This winter and spring, I had the pleasure of working with the Eastham Community Preservation Committee to develop a 5-year Community Preservation Plan that establishes clear priorities among and within each CPA funding category, allocation targets beyond the minimum 10% requirements, and project possibilities. Eastham is a beautiful outer Cape community with stunning scenic views, significant coastal and natural resources, diverse historic resources, high interest in recreation, and an active local housing trust.
The Community Preservation Plan is highly customized to help guide the CPC's deliberations and give clear guidance to potential applicants. In addition to establishing guiding principles, allocation targets, and category goals, the plan details the Town's past CPA allocations, debt commitments, and revenue projections.
Utilizing the interactive "CPA Tetris" group discussion method, developed by JM Goldson, to help the public visualize Eastham's projected 5-year CPA budget, workshop participants prioritized dozens of project ideas covering the four CPA funding categories. We also employed digital group polling to provide participants with an interactive education about Eastham's CPA program and eligibility. Based on the priorities established through this process, we also revamped the CPC's application materials to reflect funding priorities.