Community Preservation Committee

The Community Preservation Committee helps develop and administer projects funded with Community Preservation Act monies; it encourages participation from interested community members.


The Community Preservation Committee normally meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm in Howes House, and welcomes preliminary discussions of innovative projects. Currently, virtual meetings are being held in accordance with orders issued by the Governor during the current state of emergency.  There will be no in-person attendance by the public.  Meetings will be held via ZOOM application.  All ZOOM login instructions are posted with meeting agendas.  Background information on the Community Preservation Act and details on how to submit applications for funding are available at this website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If your questions are not answered by the various CPC links, please email Heidi Dietterich, the Administrative Assistant. or leave a phone message at (508) 696-0100 ext. 120.

The Community Preservation Committee is seeking applications for funding for 2021 projects.

Deadline for Applications for Eligibility for 2021 projects is Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 12:00 noon.

Please email any questions to Heidi Dietterich at

The following projects were approved for CPA funding at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting.

  • Perlman House:  $100,000 for acquisition and development of seven new apartments, permanently deed restricted for households earning 80% and 100% or less of the area median income in Dukes County.
  • West Tisbury Affordable Housing Trust: $145,000 for use toward affordable housing opportunities including search, predevelopment and legal fees that meet CPA guidelines.
  • Harbor Homes - Homeless Prevention: $80,000 to assist in purchasing and developing a five plus bedroom residential property for homeless residents.
  • Dukes County Rental Subsidies: $60,000 to support the DCRHA rental subsidies program.
  • Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School Project: $19,000 toward the purchase of playground equipment.
  • Scott's Grove:  $56,925 to pay down principal on the borrowing for the Scott's Grove Affordable Housing project.

A summary of all West Tisbury projects supported by Community Preservation funds is available at the tab at the top of this page called CPA Funded Projects, 2007-2020.

The Chairmanship rotates periodically.

Committee Members

Nancy Dole

Historic District Commission

Lesley Eaton

At Large

Cheryl Lowe

At Large

Bea Phear

Planning Board

John Brannen

Conservation Commission

Ted Jochsberger


John Rau

Parks & Rec

Jefrey Dubard

Affordable Housing

Doug Ruskin

Finance Committee