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Community Preservation Committee
Debbie Laurie
CPA Project Manager

3 Pond Road
City Hall Annex
Gloucester, MA  01930

Ph: (978) 282-8004
Fx: (978) 282-3035

Monday - Wednesday 8:00 - 4:00
Thursday, 8:00 - 4:00
Friday, 8:00 - 12:30
2015 CPA Application Schedule
The 2015 CPA Funding Round will take place according to the following schedule:
Project Eligibility Forms due    01/30/2015
  Completed Applications due     03/16/2015
  Estimated Project Award         November/December 2015
Visit Community Preservation Coalition website for helpful information about CPA: www.communitypreservation.org

2014 CPA Applications

Magnolia Library Center, Inc.
Burnham's Field Community Garden Fence Replacement
Burnhams Field Ballfield Backstops Replacement
Gloucester Writers Center - Exterior Reno & Reha
Re-build the bow and foc'sle interior of the vessel Phyllis A.
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Second Phase Renovation
City Hall Restoration - Repairs of City Hall masonry
Light Up Mattos - Design Stage 1
Magnolia Historical Museum at Blynman Schoolhouse restoration
Citywide National Register Nominations
Cape Ann Museum Design and Installation of Vertical Platform Lift
Electrical Rehabilitation at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
Magnolia Woods Pump Track
Save the Historic Magnolia Point Cemetery
Preservation of the Annisquam Woods Property
Holy Family Parish Building for the Future
Rehabilitation and restoration of the Oak Grove Cemetery

Community Preservation Awards:   
To see a list of all projects which have received awards from the Community Preservation Committee follow this link to the Community Preservation Coalition website.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to CPC meetings.
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Minutes are available upon approval of the CPC.
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The Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act, M.G.L. Chapter 44B, was adopted by the Legislature and signed into law in September 2000. The CPA allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which are matched by State funds.The combined funding from these two sources is used for the following purposes:
  • Acquire, create and preserve open space; and rehabilitate and restore open space if acquired or created with CPA funds
  • Acquire, preserve, rehabilitate and restore historic resources
  • Acquire, create, and preserve land for recreation use; and rehabilitate and restore land for recreational use (new as of 7/8/2012). 
  • Acquire, create, preserve, and support community housing; and rehabilitate and restore community housing acquired or created with CPA funds

    Each fiscal year, at least 10% of the revenues in the Community Preservation Plan must be spent or set aside for open space (excluding recreational uses), 10% for historic preservation, and 10% for community housing.  Up to 5% may be spent on administration. The remaining 70% of funds may be allocated to any one or a combination of the three main uses, including public recreational purposes.

    The CPA in Gloucester

    By popular vote in the fall of 2008, the citizens of Gloucester adopted a 1% surcharge to be spent in accordance with the provisions of the Community Preservation Act.


    The nine member Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was then established In accordance with the terms of the Act. The CPC consists of four members at-large and one representative each from the Historic Commission, the Conservation Commission, the Housing Authority, the Planning Board, and Parks and Recreation.




      Commission Expiration



      Bill Dugan, Co Chair, Housing Authority, 
      15 Cherry Street 
      John Feener, Conservation Commission
      45B Warner Street 2/14/15
      Joseph Orlando, Planning Board
      One Webster St. 2/14/17
      David Rhinelander, Historical Commission
      16 Pine Street
      Charlie Crowley, Open Space & Recreation 
      6 Eveleth Road
      Stacy Randell, Co Chair, At-Large
      8 Haven Terrace
      Scott Smith, At-Large
      12 Grapevine Rd.

      The mission of the Community Preservation Committee is to study the needs of the City of Gloucester in cooperation with various city boards, departments, organizations, and citizens and to solicit and evaluate proposals for the use of Community Preservation Act funds for the maximum benefit to the City of Gloucester. The CPC will recommend to the City Council those projects which it deems will best achieve the purpose of the Community Preservation Act legislation in the areas of open space, historic preservation, affordable housing and recreation.


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