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Community Preservation Committee

The committee is made up of nine Boston residents. They make decisions about Community Preservation funding priorities. Members meet monthly — or more often — as needed.

Community Preservation Committee members serve three-year terms, with the possibility of serving a total of two terms. Staggered appointments make sure that all members do not rotate off at once. All members must be residents of Boston for the duration of their term.

Committee responsibilities

VOTING on an annual administrative budget. Five percent of funds may be spent on staff and expenses for the committee and program. Administration funds may also go towards planning, for example:

  • a design for an affordable housing site
  • a survey of a neighborhood’s historic sites, or
  • a park renovation plan.

The City must spend at least 10 percent in each of the three program areas.

DEVELOPING an annual Community Preservation Plan with several possible features, including:

  • needs assessment
  • principles and goals
  • guidelines and requirements for projects, and
  • priority project areas.

REVIEWING projects to recommend to the Mayor and City Council for final approval.

Experts from the City of Boston will help the committee review projects. City staff that will help evaluate applications include:

Committee members


The City Council selects four at-large members to serve on the committee. More than 115 people applied for seats on the inaugural committee, representing nearly every neighborhood and the diversity of Boston. City law requires: 

  • one from the business community
  • one with expertise in one or more of the three areas, and
  • two with civic engagement experience.

State law requires that five members be selected from Boston's boards, commissions, and authorities. They represent:

Committee details

  • Department:
    Administration and Finance
  • Authority:
  • Term:
    3 years
  • Stipend:
  • Total Seats:
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