Applications Available for Boston’s Community Preservation Committee

The City of Boston Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is now accepting applications for four open positions on the committee, a nine-member board that recommends projects to the mayor and the Boston City Council for CPA funds. Applications for the committee are available on boston.gov/finance/committee-preservation and must be submitted by Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Working closely with the CPC Director, the Committee will study community preservation needs and make recommendations on how CPA funds should be allocated. The funding of any project requires a recommendation from the committee and appropriation by the city. The committee’s annual work includes approving an administrative budget for the Community Preservation program; developing an annual community preservation plan; reviewing project applications and making funding recommendations.

The Community Preservation Committee, which was created by ordinance, is a board consisting of nine total members. Five members, by statute, are representatives of City entities, including the Boston Landmarks, Conservation, and Parks and Recreation Commissions, as well as the Boston Housing Authority and Boston Planning and Development Agency board.

The remaining four members are appointed by the Boston City Council with the following requirements for each of the seats:

  • One seat requires expertise in open space, housing, and/or historical preservation
  • One seat requires expertise in development, business, finance, and/or construction
  • The two remaining seats will be for individuals with a history of community involvement

CPC members serve as unpaid volunteers for a term of three years with a maximum of two terms. All CPC members must be Boston residents.

In November 2016, Boston voters approved adoption of the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA), which will generate millions of dollars of revenue to be used for the creation and acquisition of affordable housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation.

In July 2017, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of Christine Poff to serve as the Director of the Community Preservation Committee, which aims to shape the future of investments in Boston’s neighborhoods with funds contributed through the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

The Director of the CPC is responsible for managing all aspects of the CPA Program, including staffing the CPC; coordinating the application process for granting CPA funds; managing the CPA budget and CPA grants; and managing special projects related to the CPA. The Director works closely with staff from City departments, as well as members of the community, to determine need, ensure transparency in the application process and funding awards, and complete annual reports on CPA projects and expenditures.

Applications are available here, and must be submitted by Thursday, November 9, 2017. For more information on the Community Preservation Act, please visit boston.gov/finance/community-preservation.