Community Preservation Committee

Eighteen 2023 Applications for Harwich FY2025 Community Preservation Act project funding have been received

Online 2023 Application for Community Preservation Act project funding is now closed. 

Online form for submitting supplemental material for submitted 2023 applications is available here:
Supplemental material submission

Informational Packet for 2023 submissions is available here:
Informational Packet

2022 Applications for Harwich FY2024 Community Preservation Act project funding

Two of the original funding requests were withdrawn prior to 2023 Annual Town Meeting on May 1.  The remaining twelve were on the 2023 Annual Town Meeting Warrant and were approved by ATM voters.

Comprehensive list of approved Harwich CPA-funded projects from 2004 through 2022 is now available.

For more information, resources, and news about the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, visit the Community Preservation Coalition website:

CPC meetings are normally held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 6:00 P.M. at Town Hall.

Two Harwich Community Preservation Committee meetings will be held in December 2022, on Thursday, November 8, 2022 and on Thursday, December 15, 2022, both at 6:00 P.M. at the Donn B. Griffin Room, Harwich Town Hall.

Watch this space for agendas.

The Community Preservation Act in Harwich
Harwich adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) effective beginning July 1, 2005. The CPA establishes a 3% property tax surcharge which is supplemented by the state.

The primary purpose of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is to study and recommend to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the citizens of the Town of Harwich projects to be funded from Community Preservation funds.

The CPC reviews applications submitted by individuals or organizations for funding projects in the following categories: the acquisition, creation or preservation of open space and the rehabilitation or restoration of open space acquired under CPA; the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources; the acquisition of land for outdoor recreational use including the creation or rehabilitation of outdoor recreational facilities; and the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of low and moderate income housing including the rehabilitation and restoration of community housing acquired or created using CPA funds.

The CPC also oversees the progress and completion of approved projects. The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (General Laws Chapter 44B as amended) governs the administration of the Community Preservation Program.


Board Members

Name Title
David Nixon Chair (Recreation & Youth Commission Representative) (2026)
Kathy Green Real Estate and Open Space Committee Representative (2024)
Mary Maslowski Select Board Representative (2024)
John Ketchum Conservation Commission Representative (2025)
Robert Doane Historic District Representative (2026)
Kelly Barber Select Board Representative (2025)
Jeffrey F. Handler Select Board's Liaison
Marcy Vigneau Housing Authority Representative (2026)
Emily Brutti Planning Board Representative (June 2024)