Community Preservation Committee

What Is It?

CPA (Community Preservation Act) is a state law passed in 2000 that allows Massachusetts communities to conduct a referendum to add a small surcharge on local property taxes. When combined with matching funds from the statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, it helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities.   

Each CPA community creates a local Community Preservation Committee (CPC) upon adoption of the Act. Oak Bluffs eight member board receives applications and makes recommendations to the town to use this dedicated fund to build and rehabilitate parks, playgrounds, and recreational fields, protect open space, support local affordable housing development, and preserve historic buildings and resources. Previous years projects are listed below.

Apply for Funding

Applications for funding are available for download. Applications for 2022 are due at the town hall by October 28, 2022 by 4:00 p.m. The Eligibility form is optional and used only f you want the CPC to decide if your project is eligible to apply. That form is due September 30, 2022. For more information, you can contact Paul Danielovich, Administrator, at


  • Joan Hughes, Chairman - June 30, 2023
  • Barbara Alleyne - June 30, 2023
  • Jim Bishop - June 30, 2022
  • Jim Dearing - June 30, 2022
  • Donalexander Goss - June 30, 2023
  • Bill Cleary - June 30, 2025
  • Antone Lima - June 30, 2023
  • Al Woollacott - June 30, 2022

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • Usually 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, not during the summer
  • At the Town Hall

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Projects and Reports

External Resources​

Community Preservation Coalition Website