Community Preservation Committee
- Quarterly (typically the 2nd Thursday in January, April, July & October at 6:30 p.m.) or as needed
- Public comment is invited at the start of each regular meeting
Agendas & Minutes
Official meeting agendas listing all projects seeking Community Preservation (CPA) funds are posted at least 2 business days prior.
|Thomas E. Sharp ||Chair, Conservation Commission Representative|
|Joe Muto||Vice Chair, At-Large Mayoral Appointee|
|William Porter||At-Large Mayoral Appointee|
|Cynthia P. Gaylord||Historical Commission Representative |
|Kathleen Palmer||Historical Commission Alternate|
|Michael Tirrell||Parks and Recreation Commission Representative |
|Vincent Olinski||Parks and Recreation Commission Alternate|
|Daniel Kelly||Housing Authority Representative |
|vacant||Housing Authority Alternate|
|Richard Salois||Planning Board Representative |
|John Bowen||Planning Board Alternate|
|vacant||Conservation Commission Alternate|
The Community Preservation Committee was established in 2003, following a public referendum which adopted the Community Preservation Act. The revenues generated from the CPA surcharge on property tax bills (which enables supplemental state funding not available to non-CPA communities) is used to acquire and preserve land for open space and recreation, preserve and restore historical resources or support community housing. The Committee reviews applications and recommends the expenditure of CPA funds for qualified projects, which are subject to Mayoral endorsement and a City Council appropriation vote. The City's Community Preservation Plan is used to evaluate each funding request and to guide the Committee's efforts. Westfield is a member of the Community Preservation Coalition, which maintains a statewide searchable CPA Projects Database.
Requests for CPA funding are accepted on a rolling basis through the Planning Department, which provides staff assistance to the Community Preservation Committee. Download the Project Submission Form & Instructions.