Community Preservation Act Committee

What is the CPA?

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. Questions about the Rockland CPA can be emailed to

How does it apply for Rockland?

Rockland voters approved the Community Preservation Act at the November 2016 General election. Rockland elected to fund the CPA account through a 1.5% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills (with exceptions). 

The CPA mandates that each fiscal year Rockland must spend, or set aside for later spending, at least 10% of the annual Community Preservation Fund revenues that were collected from the local surcharge and State match for each of three CPA target areas: open space, historic resources, and community housing.

Beyond these required allocations, Town Meeting decides how much of the remaining 70% of the funds to spend on the three purposes identified above or for recreation, based on the recommendations of the Committee.

Citizens can submit proposals for projects that fit the criteria for the three CPA target areas (see Quick Links). 

Board Members

Name Title
John Hennessy Vice Chair
Derek Ewell Chair
Thomas Reagan Treasurer
Robert Sullivan
Joseph Reis
Charlene Judge
Charles Williams, III
Peter Ewell