Community Preservation and Development Authorities (CPDAs) are entities formed to restore or enhance the health, safety, and economic wellbeing of communities adversely impacted by construction of, or ongoing operation of, multiple major public facilities, public works, and capital projects with significant public funding or other land use decisions.
A CPDA must have one or more of the following purposes:
Among its other duties, a CPDA has a duty to develop a strategic preservation and development plan to restore and promote the health, safety, and economic wellbeing of the impacted community and to restore and preserve its cultural and historical identity. The CPDA must establish funding mechanisms, such as grants and loans, to support projects and programs identified and supported in the strategic plan.
The CPDA must be managed by a board of directors consisting of members who:
No board member may hold office for more than four years. The terms for the board of director positions must be staggered as follows:
The formation of a CPDA must be authorized by statute. There are currently two authorized CPDAs—Pioneer Square-International District CPDA and Central District CPDA.
A CPDA is a public body corporate and politic and instrumentality of the state of Washington.
The terms of the members of the boards of directors for CPDAs are modified as follows:
PRO: This is a technical bill. This bill clarifies that CPDAs operate as state agencies and lengthens board member terms so they can be effective. CPDAs ensure the health and economic wellbeing of our communities. This bill will help us with contracting and accessing state resources. There is a steep learning curve for our board members.