Community Preservation Committee

The Brewster Community Preservation Committee is comprised of 9 members: four Citizen Representatives, appointed by the Board of Selectmen and members designated by the following committees: Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Brewster Historical Commission, Housing Authority and Recreation Commission. The Committee was established with initial staggered terms and three terms thereafter. The Community Preservation Committee typically meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Committee Members

William Klein 2017
Barbara Burgo 2017
Faythe Ellis 2017
Joan Carstanjen 2018
Peter Johnson 2018
Elizabeth Taylor 2018
Paul Ruchinskas 2018
Jeanne Boehm 2019
Roland Basset, Jr. 2019


The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a state law designed to help communities plan ahead for sustainable growth. The CPA allows towns to levy a community-wide property tax surcharge of up to 3% for the purpose of creating a local Community Preservation fund that can qualify for state matching funds. The fund must be used to acquire and protect Open Space and recreation lands, preserve Historic Buildings, Documents and Landscapes, and create and maintain Community Housing.What is the Community Preservation Act?

In Brewster, the CPA has replaced the Cape Cod Land Bank, which had previously funded Open Space acquisitions. The Act also created a State fund which will provide the Town with matching funds. A 22% State match is anticipated for at least the near future.

Property taxes traditionally fund the Town's day-to-day operating needs of safety, health, schools, roads, maintenance. - and more. The 3% CPA property tax surcharge will generate additional needed revenue to meet Open Space, Community Housing, Historic Preservation, and Recreation goals.

How does the CPA work in Brewster?

The CPA was adopted by Town Meeting, November of 2004 and received ballot approval in May of 2005. This approval results in a 3% surcharge on real estate tax, thereby replacing the Land Bank surcharge.

The Brewster By-law requires that 50% must be spent or reserved for Open Space, 10% must be spent or reserved for Community Housing and 10% must be spent or reserved for Historic Preservation. The balance, 30%, may be spent for Community Housing or Historic Preservation areas plus Recreation purposes. This money is cumulative and can be spent in subsequent years.

This gives Brewster the opportunity to determine its priorities, plan for its future, and generate funds to implement those plans.

What is the Application Process?

CPC Applications are available at Brewster Town Hall in the Selectmen's Office and the Planning Office.

These applications are reviewed, public hearings are held and decisions are made as to which applications will be approved for recommendation at Town Meeting. Voters at Town Meeting will then vote yes or no on CPC recommendations.

The following are the CPC funding requests that were approved at the May 2016 Town Meeting.

The following is the CPC funding request that was approved at the November 2016 Town Meeting.

The following are funding requests under consideration for the Spring 2017 Town Meeting.

The following is a list of CPA funded projects along with financial information:

Forms, Applications, and Documents Minutes of Meetings

For more information, contact Elizabeth Taylor, Clerk
508-896-3701 x1100
Brewster Town Offices
2198 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631