Community Preservation Committee

Announcing NEW Community Preservation Plan!

We are excited to announce the completion of the Community Preservation Plan for the 2023 Fiscal Year! The Community Preservation Committee used feedback from residents, boards and committees across Town to understand community preservation needs and develop goals for CPA funds. The Committee will begin recommending grants relating to recreation, open space, historic preservation and community housing in fall 2022!

Click here to view the plan : Community Preservation Plan

Please note that the application process and forms are currently under development and will be made available at the end of summer 2022. Sign up for CPC notifications to stay updated as these documents and timelines are announced!

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Community Preservation Forum 

The Community Preservation Committee held their first annual Public Forum on March 29th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Shrewsbury Public Library Meeting Room. The Committee requested your input on Shrewsbury's needs for outdoor recreation including parks/playgrounds and athletic fields, open space protection, historic preservation, and affordable housing. The Committee will use your comments to develop the Community Preservation Plan which will guide the Committee's recommendations on how Community Preservation Act funds are spent. 

Click the image below to access the recording of the presentation given by the Chair, Jason Molina during the public forum:

Capture3Click here to access the slides from the presentation:

Community Preservation Forum Slides

About the Committee:

The Town of Shrewsbury adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in August 8, 2020. The CPA is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. CPA also helps strengthen the state and local economies by expanding housing opportunities and construction jobs for the Commonwealth's workforce, and by supporting the tourism industry through preservation of the Commonwealth’s historic and natural resources Each community that adopts the Community Preservation Act is required to establish a Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to administer the program.  

The CPC is not currently accepting applications. We anticipate opening Fall 2022.


The Board of Selectmen appointed the At-Large Shrewsbury Community Preservation Committee on April 27, 2021. The Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Shrewsbury Housing Authority and Parks and Cemetery Commission appointed 1 member from their respective groups to serve on the Community Preservation Committee.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

Committee Members

  • Jason Molina, At Large Member, Chair
    • Term Expires June 30, 2025
  • Debra Mooney, At Large Member, Vice Chair
    • Term Expires June 30, 2024
  • Melanie Magee, At Large Member, Clerk
    • Term Expires June 30, 2023
  • Rajesh Velagapudi, At Large Member
    • Term Expires June 30, 2024
  • Martha Gach, Conservation Commission Representative
    • Term Expires June 30, 2023
  • Gail Aslanian, Historical Commission Representative
    • Term Expires June 30, 2023
  • Purna Rao, Planning Board Representative 
    • Term Expires June 30, 2023
  • James LeMay, Parks & Cemetery Commission Representative
    • Term Expires June 30, 2023
  • Kathleen McSweeney, Housing Authority Representative
    • Term Expires June 30, 2023

Staff Liaison

  • Rowen McAllister, Department of Planning and Economic Development

Referenced Documents