Newton Community Preservation Program

The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides local and state funds for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land.  To learn more about the CPA and Newton's program, click on any of the links above or at left or click here to sign up for email updates.


Click here to share your ideas about how Newton should use its CPA funds! Most of this survey's 8 questions are multiple-choice. 


 Click here for results from our last survey (in 2011-12).


Watch the CPC on NewTV, May-June 2019

  • For the next month, NewTV will be broadcasting a discussion moderated by the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) with a panel of current and former CPC members: current chair Mark Armstrong, former vice chair Walter Bernheimer, and former chair Joel Feinberg. Thanks to the League for inviting us onto The League Presents!
  • To find upcoming air times, click here for a searchable schedule. As soon as the program is available through the NewTV and LWVN websites, we'll add those links here.
  • Contact us with comments or questions!

Recent Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Actions

At its meeting on 11 June 2019, the CPC agreed to consider a full proposal for Riverside Greenway design funding, when and if the project's state funding is confirmed.

Upcoming CPC Meetings

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Agenda requests and written materials for this meeting are due by Friday, 21 June 2019.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 (tentative)

The CPC meeting in August has been tentatively moved to August 13, with a pre-meeting deadline of July 26. Both dates and the meeting's location must still be confirmed.

Dates & deadlines for other CPC meetings in 2019 are available from our Calendar link.

Slide Show of Current Newton CPA Proposals & Projects
(For a slide show of Newton's completed CPA projects, click here).

Funding Deadlines

The required first steps in the funding process are an in-person orientation meeting with staff and discussion of a short pre-proposal with the CPC at one of its regular public meetings.

  • Projects that met the spring 2019 deadlines for pre-proposals, and for which the CPC has agreed to consider full proposals, must submit those full proposals by 4 October 2019.
  • The CPC has always accepted pre-proposals on a rolling basis. In June 2019 the CPC also agreed to consider all full proposals on a rolling basis:  as of 1 August 2019, each full proposal the CPC agrees to consider will be due 1 month before the date of the CPC meeting at which the sponsor requests a CPC public hearing and potential CPC funding vote.

Sponsors are strongly encouraged to request orientation meetings and submit pre-proposals as early as possible. The CPC has more time for thoughtful discussion of early pre-proposals, which also help the Committee consider reserving current funds for future use.

Staff Contact & Email Updates

  • Alice E. Ingerson, Ph.D., Community Preservation Program Manager
    Planning & Development Department, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02459
    phone: 617.796.1144
    TDD / TTY: 617.796.1089
  • The CPC uses Constant Contact© for email updates on funding deadlines, CPC agendas, and recent funding decisions. Click here to sign up for these updates. If you sign up and do not see our emails coming to your inbox, please first check your Spam and Promotions folders. Click here for our Technical FAQs.

Slide Show of Newton's Completed CPA Projects

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Most files on this website are in PDF format. Download the free software needed to read these files by clicking on this link: If an apparent hyperlink within or to a PDF file no longer works, please ask staff for assistance in finding the document you need.

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