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The provisions of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) were adopted at the Annual Town Meeting in 2001. The Community Preservation Committee was formed at that time and its responsibilities are to identify and evaluate potential community preservation projects and, if appropriate, submit project recommendations in the form of articles at town meeting. The CPA requires that the projects focus on open space, historic preservation, and community housing. Funds can also be used for the acquisition, creation or preservation of land for recreational purposes. The Committee currently consists of nine members, one from the Planning Board, Department of Public Works, Historical Commission, Recreation Commission, Conservation Commission, Housing Commission, and three appointments by the Board of Selectmen.