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Community Preservation Committee

The Community Preservation Committee generally meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm in Room 101 of the Town Municipal Building, 195 Main Street. Notices for all meetings are posted at the Town Hall at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date. All meetings are open to the public.





5-Aug-2016:  The Maynard Community Preservation Committee is inviting Maynard residents to submit proposals for CPA funding. While submitting proposals please take notice of the important due dates:

Timeline of Dates for May 2017 Town Meeting — FY2017 CPA Proposals:

  • October 3, 2016– Preliminary Application due
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 – CPC determines eligibility and notifies applicants
  • November 9, 2016 – Final Applications due
  • December 7, 2016 – CPC develops questions for proponents
  • January 2017– Meetings with proponents and discussion
  • February 15, 2017 – Public hearing and final vote on proposals

CPA funds can be used for four kinds of projects.

  1. Community Housing projects that, for example, promote affordable housing, or modify existing homes to allow disabled and elderly persons to continue living in their home.
  2. Historic Preservation projects that, for example, protect, preserve, or restore historic structures, sites, or artifacts.
  3. Open Space projects that, for example, acquire land for open space, remove invasive plant species, or purchase conservation restrictions.
  4. Recreation projects that, for example, acquire land for recreational use, preserve existing athletic fields, or convert existing non-recreational structures and land to recreational use. New changes to the Community Preservation Act (CPA) have passed legislature and now funds can also be used for improving existing outdoors recreation facilities.

To date CPA funds have been used to restore Veteran’s Memorial Park, provide sprinkler systems to Crowe Park and to Alumni Field, preserve historic artifacts, and support design and acquisition for the Assabet River Rail trail, acquire the Maynard Country Club property, and other projects.

Informational booklets and application forms are available in the Resources section below, the Town Clerk’s office and at the library.


About the Community Preservation Committee

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was formed in November 2006 after Maynard voters adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) at the 2006 Annual Town meeting in May and reaffirmed the adoption of the CPA in the town election which followed. The Community Preservation Committee is charged with studying the needs, possibilities and resources of Maynard regarding community preservation. Its members are representatives from other Maynard town boards or residents of the town.

The Community Preservation Committee oversees Maynard’s Community Preservation Fund, selects preservation projects and recommends selected projects to Town Meeting for funding. Preservation projects eligible for funding may include:

  • acquiring and preserving land for open space
  • acquiring, preserving and restoring historic resources, structures, artifacts and documents
  • acquiring, preserving and developing land for passive and active recreation
  • acquiring and developing community housing.

The CPC reviews project proposals received from other Town Boards, community groups and individuals. The CPC determines its annual priorities for project funding through careful review of existing development plans (e.g. 2006 Community Development and Implementation Committee Plan, 2006 Freedom’s Way Heritage Plan, Maynard’s Open Space Plan), through deliberations with other Town Boards, and through input from community members.

Preliminary projects selected for funding by the CPC are then brought to Maynard Town Meeting where a majority vote is required to approve expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund. (Amounts in the CPC fund are the result of a 1.5% property tax surcharge voted at the May 2006 Town Meeting, and matching state funds.) After approval of a project(s) by a Town Meeting vote, the Committee oversees expenditures of CPA funds by the project group sponsor, who is responsible for the implementation and completion of the approved project.

You can contact the committee via email at:


CPC Members

Name / Representing
John Dwyer, Chair, Conservation Commission
Rick Lefferts, Vice-Chair, member-at-large
Jane Audrey-Neuhauser, Clerk, member-at-large
Steve Jones, Treasurer, Recreation Commission
Ellen Duggan, Historical Commission
Bill Cranshaw, Housing Authority
Thomas Hesbach, member-at-large
Randy James, Capital Planning Committee