The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a tool to help communities preserve open space and historic sites, and create affordable housing and recreational facilities.

The Act in Brief

The Community Preservation Act is statewide enabling legislation to allow cities and towns to exercise control over local planning decisions. This legislation strengthens and empowers Massachusetts communities:

  • All decisions are local.
  • Local people must vote by ballot to adopt the Act.
  • Local legislatures must appoint a committee of local people to draw up plans for use of the funds.
  • These plans are subject to local comment and approval.

The Hanover General Bylaws, Section 4-19 provides further information about the Community Preservation Committee.

The Community Preservation Coalition has a wealth of information on the Community Preservation Act in Massachusetts.

 

Board Members

Name Title
William Scarpelli Chair
Richard Deluca Member
John Goldthwait Member
Jonathan Chu Member
Mary Dunn Member
April Manupelli Menber
James Coulter Member

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Peter Matchak Planner 781-826-5000 ext 1026
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