My article for the March issue of the Community Preservation Coalition's CPA Update examines the procedures that Community Preservation Committees are required to follow prior to funding CPA projects in the historic category. Below is an excerpt: “A past lacking tangible relics seems too tenuous to be credible. . . . To be certain there was a past, we must see at least some of its traces.” David Lowenthal, The Past is a Foreign Country
Historic places and objects provide us with a tangible connection to the past, enrich our experience of the present, and can be fundamental components of community identity.
CPA funds can be used for the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic resources. But, what exactly are historic resources within the meaning given by the CPA statute? Although Section 2 of the statute defines “historic resources”, many communities have questioned what is and is not eligible under the definition.
This article examines the CPA’s definition of historic resources, and provides guidance on important procedures that must be followed prior to spending CPA funds in the historic category.