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The Arlington Land Trust will present a discussion of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) at its annual meeting set for Monday, Jan. 27. The public is invited to this informational meeting at the Senior Center, 27 Maple St., from 7 to 9 p.m.

The forum will provide information about the CPA, a state law that has significance for Arlington's future by offering potential dedicated funding for open space, recreation, historic preservation and affordable housing needs.

A warrant article will be presented to this year’s Town Meeting asking to put the Act on the ballot so the citizens of Arlington can decide whether to adopt it.

The Jan. 27 forum will begin with a short presentation by Stuart Saginor, executive director of the statewide Community Preservation Coalition. He will explain the basic tenets of the law and highlight a path to adoption.

Then three people familiar with the act will participate in a panel discussion and answer audience questions.

    -- Jen Ryan is a Land Trust board member, former legislative director for Mass Audubon, board member of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, and Arlington resident. Jen has worked on new legislative changes for the CPA.

    -- Sean Caron, chief of staff for The Community Builders, is the former director of public policy at CHAPA, Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association. He worked with Ryan and the coalition on getting new CPA legislation through the state House and Senate.

    -- Sarah Burks is a board member of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, resident of Arlington, and a preservation planner at the Cambridge Historical Commission. The City of Cambridge has made good use of the $50 million it has received in CPA funds for a variety of projects.

Clarissa Rowe, president of the Land Trust and a former selectman, will moderate questions from the audience. For more information about the Land Trust, visit

This story was published Dec. 3, 2013, and updated Jan. 17.

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