Community Preservation Committee

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. CPA also helps strengthen the state and local economies by expanding housing opportunities and construction jobs for the Commonwealth’s workforce, and by supporting the tourism industry through preservation of the Commonwealth’s historic and natural resources.   Community preservation monies are raised locally through the imposition of a surcharge.  There is also a statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, administered by the MA Department of Revenue, which provides distributions each year to communities that have adopted CPA. Beverly created a local Community Preservation Committee (CPC), as required by the Act, that reviews project proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the Beverly City Council. 
Beverly Community Preservation Committee Members Address Term Expires
Heather Richter, Chair – At-Large City Council Appointee July 31, 2022
Christy Edwards – At-Large City Council Appointee July 31, 2020
John Hall – At-Large City Council Appointee July 31, 2021
Robert Buchsbaum – Conservation Commission Representative July 31, 2021
Wendy Pearl, Historic District Commission Representative July 31, 2022
Derek Beckwith, Vice Chair – Planning Board Representative July 31, 2020
Nancy Marino- Parks & Recreation Commission Representative July 31, 2022
Marilyn McCrory- Open Space & Recreation Committee Representative July 31, 2020
Thomas Bussone, II – Housing Authority Representative July 31, 2021


  If you have any questions please contact Denise Deschamps, Committee staff, via email at


The Beverly Community Preservation Committee formed a subcommittee to explore the possibility of dedicating CPA funds for emergency housing assistance to be granted to Beverly residents impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Members of the subcommittee are:  Heather Richter; Derek Beckwith; Thomas Bussone II, and Nancy Marino.  The Subcommittee held a series of meetings and reported out to the full Community Preservation Committee on May 21 with a recommendation for funding.  Click here for the CPC Subcommittee’s Report and click here for information they gathered, regarding need, from a number of local and area agencies.  The Community Preservation Committee voted to support the recommendation which was then forwarded to the City Council for final approval.  The Beverly City Council approved the recommendation for $240,000 in CPA funding on June 15, 2020.  On June 18 the Community Preservation Committee met to discuss next steps and they agreed that the CPC subcommittee should proceed with the process of identifying an agency to administer the program.  On June 26 the CPC Subcommittee sent an Invitation to Submit A Letter of Interest to area agencies.  Please click here for the Invitation to Submit A Letter of Interest.   The CPC Subcommittee received a reviewed the two Letters of Interest that it received.  The Subcommittee subsequently made a recommendation to the full Committee in support of the North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP).  The Community Preservation Committee voted unanimously to adopt the recommendation.  As with all projects that receive CPA funds the process of crafting a Memorandum of Understanding between the City/Community Preservation Committee and the recipeint of the funding, in this case, NSCAP, is currently underway.

No further meetings of the Subcommittee are scheduled at this time.  (Updated as of August 17, 2020.)

Beverly Community Preservation Committee Regular Meeting Schedule 2020-revised

The next meeting of the Community Preservation Committee will take place, remotely, on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. Please click here for agenda.


CPA Plan for Beverly – Click Here to View Plan 2018 Update


CPA 2019-20 FUNDING ROUND (#7) Recap

The Community Preservation Committee recently concluded it’s 2019-20 Funding round with the following projects received funds:

  • Restoration of the historically significant perimeter fence located at Beverly Farms Cemetery (proposed by the Beverly Farms Improvement Society).  CPA funds awarded:  $70,000.
  • Preservation of community housing thru the replacement of failing roof shingles at the Roger Conant Apartments (proposed by the Beverly Housing Authority).  CPA funds awarded: $96,000. 
  • Restoration of the historically significant vaulted ceiling and rose window in the lobby of the Cabot Performing Arts Center (proposed by the Cabot Performing Arts Center)  CPA funds awarded:  $275,000.
  • Restoration of the historically significant stone staircase connecting Gillis Park and Pleasant View Beach (proposed by the Ward 2 Civic Association)  CPA funds awarded:  $22,635.
  • Preservation of historically significant subset of original solar panels and Inverter House adjacent to Beverly High School (proposed by SolarNOW).  CPA funds awarded:  $25,000.
  • Establishing a fund and program to award housing assistance to Beverly residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (proposed by the CPC).  CPA funds awarded:  $240,000.

In addition to projects proposed during the regular funding round there was an out of cycle funding application from the Beverly Housing Authority requesting $100,000 in CPA monies for replacement of the exterior doors at the Beverly Housing Authority-owned apartments located on Balch Street.  This was part of a larger, $3million dollar project to rehabiliate those buildings using State funds.

The CPC also recommended $52,000 in additional funding for the Powder House restoration project so that the entire scope of work originally proposed could be completed.

The CPC is currently (August 2020) evaluating an out of cycle application submitted by Harborlight Community Partners and Beacon Communities requesting $700,000.00 in CPA monies to be applied to the Briscoe Village Living and the Arts project to create affordable housing, preserve historical elements and preserve open space.  The entire project cost is estimated at just over $42 million dollars.

If you have any questions regarding the above projects please direct them to Denise Deschamps, Economic Development Planner and staff for the CPC.    She may be reached at 978-605-2356 or via email at

CPA Projects Approved To Date – Click here for list.

Links to Several Planning Documents and Studies That Have Received CPA Funding:

CPA Special Out-of-Cycle Application Criteria & Process

 CPC 1st Round 2014 Project Funding Recommendations APPROVED by City Council & signed by the Mayor

CPC 2nd Round Project Funding Recommendations APPROVED by City Council & signed by the Mayor

CPC 3rd Round Project Funding Recommendations APPROVED by City Council & signed by the Mayor 

CPC 4th Round Project Funding Recommendations APPROVED by City Council & signed by the Mayor

CPC 5th Round Project Funding Recommendations APPROVED by City Council & signed by the Mayor

CPC 6th Round Project Funding and Out-of-Cycle Recommendations APPROVED by the City Council & signed by the Mayor 2019

Helpful Links:

Community Preservation Committee Ordinance

Community Preservation Act – MGL Chapter 44B

Chart Detailing Allowable Spending Purposes of CPA Funds

Community Preservation Coalition Website

US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties – Guidance On How Historic Properties and Structures Shall Be Rehabilitated or Restored  

Preservation Restriction Examples:

View our Meeting Agenda, Minutes, and other documents here.