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Community Preservation Program

Committees & Meetings

Newton's Community Preservation Committee (CPC)
 To learn about the CPC's duties and current members, scroll past the meeting schedule or click here.

Current CPC Meetings
For information about upcoming meetings, including deadlines to request time on the CPC agenda or submit written materials, see the Calendar (link in top-left navigation section). For links to full agendas & minutes, scroll down on this page.
All meetings are open to the public. Time is set aside for public comment on items that the agenda identifies as "public hearings." The Chair has discretion about whether and when to accept public comments on other items.
Meeting locations are handicap accessible. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons requiring assistance. To request assistance, please contact ADA Coordinator Mini Fairley at least two business days before the meeting, by email at: jfairley@newtonma.gov, or phone: 617.796.1253.
Recordings of recent past meetings are available on request, as *.mp3 files.

2015
Pre-proposals and proposals scheduled for discussion are often omitted from online packets
because they are already online from Proposals & Projects - Pending on this website. 
 
9/9/2015 Agenda (with map to Newton Senior Center) & Pre-Meeting Packet Minutes
6/11/2015 Agenda & Pre-Meeting Packet Minutes
5/14/2015 Agenda Minutes
4/9/2015 Agenda Minutes
3/31/2015 Agenda Minutes
2/12/2015 Agenda  Minutes

2014
12/11/2014 Agenda Minutes
11/20/2014 Agenda Minutes
9/11/2014 Agenda Minutes
8/5/2014 Agenda Minutes
4/30/2014 Agenda Minutes
3/20/2014 Agenda Minutes
2/26/2014 Agenda Minutes
1/22/2014 Agenda Minutes
1/09/2014 Agenda Minutes

For agendas & minutes from earlier CPC meetings,
click on Committees & Meetings - Past CPC Meetings (top-left navigation).

Duties & Members of Newton's CPC
For current CPC meeting agendas & minutes, scroll up or click here.
Under the state Community Preservation Act (CPA), funds are granted through two steps:
1. An all-volunteer Community Preservation Committee (CPC), whose membership is specified by state statute and local ordinance, recommends an amount of funding for a project.
2. The local legislature appropriates up to the amount recommended by the CPC. Newton's local legislature is its Board of Aldermen.
The CPC may not appropriate funds directly, but the legislature may not appropriate CPA funds without a CPC recommendation. Click below to learn more about the work & members of Newton's CPC:
Newton's CPA Ordinance - full text, including how CPC members are appointed and special requirements for historic City properties preserved with CPA funds
CPC & Board of Aldermen - their roles in the funding process under both the state statute and Newton's local ordinance

Newton's Community Preservation Committee

Member Appointing Authority/CPA Resource
Joel Feinberg, Chair Mayoral Appointee, Community Housing
James Robertson, Vice Chair Mayoral Appointee, Recreation
Michael Clarke Mayoral Appointee, Open Space
Donald Fishman Parks and Recreation Commission
Laura Fitzmaurice Newton Historical Commission
Beryl Gilfix Mayoral Appointee, Historic Resources
Richard Kronish Newton Housing Authority
Jane Sender Conservation Commission
Jonathan Yeo Planning and Development Board
Members' Biographies

Newton's Board of Aldermen & Its Committees

Click below to learn about the work of the Board and its committees on CPA proposals & projects:
 • Board committees that review CPC recommendations  - the full Board refers each CPC funding recommendation to two or more appropriate committees (updated December 2014)
 • CPC & Board of Aldermen - their roles in the funding process under state law and local ordinance