Community Preservation Committee

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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 percent 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, preserve historic buildings and landscapes, and create and maintain affordable housing.


At the March 21, 2005 Special Town Meeting, the Town overwhelming voted to replace the existing Cape Cod Open Space Land Acquisition Program with the Community Preservation Act. In order to implement this Act, the Town established a Community Preservation Committee that will make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting for the use of CPA funds.

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


View a list of current committee members.

The Sandwich Community Preservation Committee is comprised of four members at large appointed by the Board of Selectmen with initial staggered terms, and three years terms thereafter., one member of, and as designated by the:

  • Conservation Commission
  • Historical Commission
  • Housing Authority
  • Planning Board
  • Recreation Committee

Information on Funds

For information about Community Preservation Act funds, email Leanne Drake, CPC Administrator.  

  • The application deadline for projects $50,000.00 and over is November 15th.
  • The application deadline for projects $49,999.00 and under is January 15th.
  • No deadline for land purchases and requests for Administrative Funds.

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