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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.

Committee responsibilities

APPROVING 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
  • appraisals for acquisition. 

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

REVIEWING the FY23 - FY27 Community Preservation Plan annually, with several areas of focus: 

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

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

Key departments will help the committee evaluate projects. For example:

Committee members


The City Council selects four at-large members to serve on the committee from a pool of candidates 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:

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