Community Preservation Committee

About the Community Preservation Act
At the 2016 general election, 66.5% of the Chelsea residents voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act, or CPA. This act imposes a 1.5% surcharge on residential properties with exemptions for low and moderate income homeowners, senior residents, and on the first $100,000 of property value. Matched annually with funds from the state, the CPA Fund is used to preserve, acquire, restore, and/or create Open Space and Recreation, Community Housing, and Historic Preservation opportunities across the city of Chelsea. Please see the CPA Eligibility Matrix for more information on eligible CPA projects.

About the Community Preservation Committee
Nine Community Preservation Committee members, including representatives from the Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Planning Board and Cultural Council, meet monthly as stewards of CPA funding to discuss project proposals submitted by members of the community. Following deliberation of each project proposal, recommendations for the use of CPA funds are sent by the CPC to City Council where project proposal amounts can ultimately be affirmed, rejected, or lowered.

If you are interested in learning more about the values, policies, and principles that govern the CPC’s 2024 goals and objectives, please read the Community Preservation Plan (2021-2025). It is highly recommended that prospective applicants become familiar with the needs and resources associated with the funding category they are applying for.

CPC Members

    1. Mayra Molina - Resident
    2. Juana Lourdes Perez - Resident
    3. Devra Zabot (Clerk) - Resident
    4. Judith Dyer - Conservation Commission
    5. Michelle Mirthes (Chairperson) - Historical Commission
    6. Sharon Cauffield- Housing Authority
    7. Mimi Rancatore- Planning Board
    8. Bianca Servellon- Recreation
    9. Loren Sokol (Vice-Chair) - Resident
2024 Meeting Schedule

The Community Preservation Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month, at 6 pm. Details about location and meeting items are available on the agenda which are made public a few days prior to each meeting date. You can find past meeting agendas and minutes (meeting notes) in the “Additional Information” section at the bottom of the page. The current meeting schedule for 2024 is as follows:

July 18th, 2024, at 6 pm.
August 15th, 2024, at 6 pm.
September 19th, 2024, at 6 pm.
October 17th, 2024, at 6 pm.
November 21st, 2024, at 6 pm.
December 19th, 2024, at 6 pm.

Additional Information
Agendas & Minutes
Community Preservation Act Application 
Community Preservation Plan FY2021-2025
Community Preservation Projects Report