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. The CPA funding application deadline for Town Meeting in 2019 (and funding in FY 2020) will be posted by the end of October 2018.


Committee Members:
Don Killam - Planning Board Rep (2020)
Leo Maestranzi - Conservation Commission Rep (2021)
Denis Curran - Jt Recreation Dept Rep (2021)
Barbara Locke - Historic District Commission Rep (2021)
Arthur Burt - Wenham Housing Authority Rep (2019)
Natalie Bowers - At Large Member (2020)
Thomas Starr - At Large Member (2020)
Patrick Waddell - At Large Member (2019)
Harriet Davis, Chairman - At Large Member (2019)


Next Meeting Date: Meetings will resume after the submission date for 2019 applications has passed. 



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?