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, 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


The Community Preservation Committee meeting  scheduled for March 19, 2020 has been cancelled.  Once a new date has been selected this page will be updated.

Beverly Community Preservation Committee Regular Meeting Schedule 2020-revised


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



Public Comment Period:  The Community Preservation Committee has received six (6) Project Funding Applications requesting CPA funds in the current Round 7.  These applications were submitted by the following entities: (1) Beverly City Clerks Office for conservation of historic documents; (2) Solar NOW application for preservation of subset of solar panels and inverter house located at 100 Sohier Road; (3) Beverly Farms Improvement Society for the restoration of the Beverly Farms Cemetery Fence; (4) Cabot Performing Arts Center for the restoration of rose window and vaulted ceilings in the lobby; (5) Beverly Housing Authority for the repalcement of roof shingles at Roger Conant Apartments; (6) Ward 2 Civic Association for restoration-preservation of stairs from Gillis Park to Pleasant View Beach.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the above applications please direct them to Denise Deschamps, Economic Development Planner and staff for the CPC ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 20,2020.  She may be reached at 978-605-2356 or via email at

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

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.