The Wenham Community Preservation Committee (CPC) recognizes that Wenham remains one of the few bucolic towns on the North Shore that has yet to be adversely impacted by the ravages of suburban sprawl. With many large parcels of developable land, Wenham is vulnerable to the region’s growing population.  Without adequate planning encompassing both smart growth and conservation, Wenham may well suffer from extreme congestion, higher municipal costs and taxes, and lower property values. 

In 2005, Wenham voters adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which provides the Town with a smart growth tool allowing us as a community to identify and preserve vital historic and open space components of our town and to develop opportunities for growth that maintain the town’s heritage and character. Specifically, CPA can be used to help create affordable housing projects that will meet the state’s 10% target. Until that mandate is achieved, any proposed development that includes affordable housing can override Wenham’s zoning regulations under state law 40B. Once we reach 10%, all development will be governed by our own zoning. CPA also enables us to create efficient strategies to preserve and protect our remaining open space from over development and to provide and upgrade recreation facilities. 

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 Town Administrator's Office through Friday, January 6, 2017. 

The Community Preservation Committee will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:00p.m. at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 01984. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit ideas and comments to facilitate the study of the needs, possibilities and resources of the town regarding community preservation.

******The CPC is please to announce the state matching figures for this year******

Raised from local surcharge: $295,150
From the state: $184,094 (a 62.37% match)
Total: $479,244
Towns that did not have the 3% surcharge recieved a 31.4% match.


Committee Members:
Virginia Rogers - Planning Board Rep
Leo Maestranzi - Conservation Commission Rep
Denis Curran - Jt Recreation Dept Rep
Barbara Locke - Historic District Commission Rep
Arthur Burt - Wenham Housing Authority Rep
Kennon Anderson - At Large Member
Thomas Starr - At Large Member
Patrick Waddell - At Large Member
Harriet Davis, Chairman - At Large Member

Community Preservation Act

For general information on the Community Preservation Act:

For the Language of the Community Preservation Act Law:

For information on procedures and requirements of establishing a special fund for the Community Preservation Act:

  • Department of Revenue : Property Tax Bureau Informational Guideline Release (IGR) No. 00-209 (as amended by IGR No. 01-207 & IGR No. 02-208)
Community Preservation Coalition, Stuart Saginor:
Bonding 101 - Issues to Consider when Bonding CPA Projects & What's new with the Community Preservation Act?