Community Preservation Committee


First and third Wednesday of each month (generally)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes Prior to 2014

Autumn 2021 Funding Round

The Autumn 2021 funding round will begin in September.  One page eligibility forms to ensure projects can be funded through CPA will be due on August 27.  Please contact staff to discuss your potential project in detail, and review the Community Preservation Plan. We are moving towards paperless applications, please speak with staff before printing copies of your application.

Note:  All non-City applicants must complete the Fair Wage Compliance Certificate along with their other application materials. Follow the "Application Forms" link below.

Review schedule and current projects under review:

CPA Tax Surcharge Exemptions

Elderly and low-income residents may be eligible for a tax surcharge exemption. Click for details.

CPA Tax Surcharge Exemptions

Committee Members

  • Brian Adams, Chair
    City Council Appointee
    Term expires: June 2022
  • Julia Chevan
    Recreation Commission Representative
    Term Expires: June 2020
  • Janna White,
    Planning Board Representative
    Term Expires November 2021
  • Martha Lyon
    Historical Commission Representative
    Term expires: June 2021
  • Jen Smith
    Conservation Commission Representative
    Term Expires: June 2024
  • Christopher Hellman
    Elected Representative
    Term expires: January 2024
  • Jeff Jones
    Housing Authority Representative
    Term Expires June 2020
  • Linda Morley, Mayoral Appointee
    Term Expires: June 2022
  • Dan Krassner, Elected Representative
    Term expires: January 2024
  • Sarah LaValley
    Community Preservation Planner
    Email Sarah LaValley

About the Committee

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund to raise money through a surcharge of up to three percent of the real estate tax levy on real property for open space protection, historic preservation and the provision of affordable housing. The act also created a state matching fund to supplement local revenues collected.

Mailing List Sign-up

Please visit the Mailing List Signup page to join the CPC email list.


The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is responsible for making recommendations for how Community Preservation Act funds must be spent in the four CPA program areas: Community Housing, Historic Preservation, Open Space and Recreation.