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.
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Name Position 
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 
vacant 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.