Community Preservation Committee

About the Community Preservation Committee and the Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act (CPA, MGL 44B) was signed on September 14, 2000. The Westport 2001 Annual Town Meeting adopted the Community Preservation Act and voters approved it at the 2002 town elections. The CPA allows a town to adopt a property tax surcharge. Westport approved a 2% surcharge on real estate taxes which began on July 1, 2002. The state provides a match of varying proportions.

A minimum of 10% of the annual revenues of the fund must be used for each of the three core community concerns: historic preservation, open space, and affordable housing. The remaining 70% can be allocated for any combination of the allowed uses, or for land for recreational use. This gives each community the opportunity to determine its priorities, plan for its future, and have the funds to make those plans happen. Town Meeting must approve all appropriations including for reserves and administrative expenses.

The CPC consists of nine members appointed by the Board of Selectmen representing the Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, the Planning Board, Recreation Commission, the Housing Authority, and the Finance Committee and three at-large members. The CPC makes recommendations to Town Meeting for expenditures from the surcharge and state match.

For more detailed information, please see the report of the Community Preservation Committee in the Westport Annual Town Reports. Information on CPA may be found on the Community Preservation Coalition website.

Recorded meetings are here: VIMEO WestportCommunityTV

Information on Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts can be found by clicking here.

Click here to email the Community Preservation Committee.

Committee Members

NameTitleTermRepresenting
Betty Slade

Chair

2017-2018

At-Large

Timothy Gillespie

Vice-Chair

2018

Recreation Commission

Member

2018

Finance Comittee

Janet Jones

Member

2018

Historical Commission

Elizabeth Collins

Member

2018

Housing Authority

Member

2018

Planning Board

John Bell

Member

2018

At-Large

Dale Weber

Member

2019

At-Large

Vacant Open

open

2018

ConCom

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