Community Preservation Committee

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. CPA also helps strengthen the state and local economies by expanding housing opportunities and construction jobs for the Commonwealth's workforce, and by supporting the tourism industry through preservation of the Commonwealth’s historic and natural resources. The CPA was adopted in Wenham by Town Meeting in 2005. 

Wenham’s CPC welcomes and will give full consideration to all open space, historic, recreational, and housing applications that meet the criteria of the Act.  Application information can be found in that tab.  CPA funding applications will be received in the Permitting Office. The CPA funding application deadline for Town Meeting in 2021 will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the Permitting Office.  Per the Committee, please submit one hardcopy to the office by the deadline and one copy electronically in PDF format to (if you wish to drop off your hardcopy application in advance and Town Hall is closed, please place your hardcopy application in the drop box outside Town Hall to the righthand side of the double doors on the side of the building adjacent to the parking lot). 

Committee Members:

Janet Burt    At-Large 2023 
Elizabeth Craig-McCormack   Housing Authority  2022
Denis Curran    Joint Recreation  2021
Peter Clay   Planning Board  2023 
Barbara Locke    Historic District    2021 
Leo Maestranzi    Conservation Commission  2021
Tom Starr   Vice-Chair At-Large   2024
Patrick Waddell   Chair At-Large   2022
Vacant   At-Large   2022 

Next M
eeting Dates: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Joint with the Hamilton CPC)

For general information on the Community Preservation Act:

For the Language of the Community Preservation Act Law:


Town Hall Hours

Monday 9am-4:30pm

Tuesday 9am-7pm

Wednesday & Thursday 9am-4:30pm

Friday 9am-1pm


Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984

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