Community Preservation Committee


First and third Wednesdays in spring and fall (generally)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | All Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes Archive

Spring 2024 Funding Round

After recommending funding for six projects totaling $1.4 million in the Fall round, the second round of CPA funding in Fiscal Year 2024 will begin in Winter 2024.  One page eligibility forms to ensure prospective projects are able to be funded through CPA are due by January 24, with full applications due February 14. Please contact staff to discuss your potential project in detail, review the Community Preservation Plan, and consider the CPC's Decision Guidelines. Paper copies of applications are no longer required.

CPA Tax Surcharge Exemptions

The first $100,000 value of residential property is automatically exempt.  Senior and low-income residents may be eligible for a tax surcharge exemption by filing with the assessor.

CPA Tax Surcharge Exemptions and 2023 Income Limits

Committee Members

  • Brian Adams, Chair
    Mayoral Appointee
    Term expires June 2025
  • Julia Chevan
    Recreation Commission Representative
    Term expires June 2025
  • Chris Tait,
    Planning Board Representative
    Term expires November 2024
  • Martha Lyon
    Historical Commission Representative
    Term expires June 2024
  • Kevin Lake
    Conservation Commission Representative
    Term expires June 2024
  • Christopher Hellman
    Elected Representative
    Term expires January 2028
  • Jeff Jones
    Housing Authority Representative
    Term expires February 2025
  • Beverly Bates, Mayoral Appointee, Term expires June 2025
  • Emily Coffin
    Elected Representative
    Term expires January 2028
  • Sarah LaValley - Staff
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About the Committee

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund to raise money through a surcharge of up to three percent of the real estate tax levy on real property for open space protection, historic preservation and the provision of affordable housing. The act also created a state matching fund to supplement local revenues collected.

The Northampton CPC consists of nine members, including one representative each from the Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Housing Authority, Planning Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as two members appointed by the Mayor, and two representatives elected in a city-wide election. 

The Committee meets during two funding cycles each fiscal year and members conduct extensive application reviews.

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The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is responsible for making recommendations for how Community Preservation Act funds must be spent in the four CPA program areas: Community Housing, Historic Preservation, Open Space and Recreation.