Community Preservation Committee

The City of Beverly established the Community Preservation Committee, as is required by State law, following local adoption of the Community Preservation Act.  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. By-products of this law include the overall enhancement of the City's quality of life, retention and creation of jobs, particularly construction jobs, and the potential for increased tourism which helps to support restaurants and retail businesses.  

Funding for these projects comes from a combination of both local and state tax revenues set aside for this purpose.  In Beverly, there is a 1% surcharge on taxes levied against real property.  For FY 2021, there is $977,181.00 in state and local tax revenue available in addition to unspent funds carried over from previous years. These funds are awarded annually through a competitive application process that generally launches in October. The Community Preservation Committee invites and reviews applications submitted from individuals and groups in the Beverly community and makes funding recommendations to the Beverly City Council.  This page lists projects under current review as well as projects that have received funding in the past.

  Click here to review the list of projects that have previously received CPA funding.


CPA GRANT FUNDING ROUND 9 (2021-22) FUNDING AWARDS

 If you are interested in viewing the application submitted please click on the name of the project.  

Name of Project

Name of applicant

CPA funding request

CPA category

Anchor Point II

Harborlight Community Partners

$400,000.00

Community Housing

Reconstruction of three tennis courts

Beverly Parks and Recreation Dept.

$250,000.00

Recreation

Hale Farm  Revitalization Continued

Historic Beverly

$100,294.00

Historic Preservation

Historic Resource Survey of residential neighborhood between Cabot and Rantoul Streets

Beverly Planning and Development Dept.

$20,000.00

Historic Preservation

National Register of Historic Places nomination for Lynch Park

Beverly Planning and Development Dept.

$10,000.00

Historic Preservation

     

CPA GRANT FUNDING FOR TWO RECENT OUT-OF-CYCLE PROJECTS                   

Name of Project

Name of Applicant

CPA Funding Request

CPA Category

Gloucester Crossing Pocket Parks (Simon Street)

Beverly Planning and Development Dept.

$200,000.00

Recreation

Moraine Farm Public Reservation and Conservation Restriction

City of Beverly

$1.1. million

Open Space


Please contact Denise Deschamps, staff for the Community Preservation Committee, and Economic Development Planner with the Planning and Development Department, if you have questions about the application process and project eligibility.  Denise may be reached via email at ddeschamps@beverlyma.gov or by phone at 978-605-2356.

  TEMPORARY EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  The City of Beverly, through its Community Preservation Committee, established a temporary, emergency housing assistance program for households with income at 100% or below of area median income who are ineligible to receive assistance from other housing programs or who have received the maximum amount of assistance allowable under these programs.  This new program is being administered by the North Shore Community Action Program.  Please click here for additional information.  The ultimate intent of the program is to assist households who have experienced economic adversity as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, their housing has been jeopardized.  Assistance for homeowners through this new program is only available  to those whose homes are deed-restricted as affordable, per the Community Preservation Act, Massachusetts General Law Chapter 44B

Regular Meetings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

MemberTerm Expires
Heather Richter, Chair - At-Large City Council AppointeeJuly 31, 2022
Derek Beckwith, Vice Chair - Planning Board RepresentativeJuly 31, 2023
Danielle Spang- At-Large City Council Appointee March 01, 2025
Robert Buchsbaum - Conservation Commission Representative
July 31, 2021
Thomas Bussone, II - Housing Authority Representative
July 31, 2021
Christy Edwards - At-Large City Council Appointee
July 31, 2023
Nancy Marino - Parks and Recreation Commission RepresentativeJuly 31, 2022
Marilyn McCrory - Open Space and Recreation Committee RepresentativeJuly 31, 2023
VACANCY, Historic District Commission Representative_____________