Community Preservation

Please be aware the CPC deadline to submit applications for proposed projects is now October 1st at 4PM.  

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.

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Michaela Shoemaker Town Planner 781-826-5000 ext 1016

Board Members

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