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 Member Address Term Expires
Heather Richter, Vice 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 – Planning Board Representative July 31, 2020
Nancy Marino- Parks & Recreation Commission Representative July 31, 2022
Marilyn McCrory, Chair – Open Space & Recreation Committee Representative July 31, 2020
Thomas Bussone, II – Housing Authority Representative July 31, 2021

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

REVISED 2019 CPC Meeting Schedule

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CPA 2019-20 FUNDING ROUND

The 2019-20 funding ROUND (7) will kick off on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 with a public hearing at the Beverly Public Library, Barnet Gallery (ground floor), 32 Essex Street, Beverly at 7 PM.  (Click here for agenda.)

Beverly Community Preservation Act
Important Documents re: 2019-20 Funding- Round 7

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

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.