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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 ta printable annual schedule of upcoming meetings, including submission deadlines, use the Calendar link at the top of all CPC webpages. For links to full agendas & minutes, scroll down on this page.
All CPC 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:, or phone: 617.796.1253.
Recordings of recent past meetings are available on request, as *.mp3 files.

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.
Any full proposal that the CPC agrees to consider "off cycle" is due 1 month before the date requested for the CPC public hearing, earlier than the regular deadlines below.
4/14/2016 Agenda requests & all written materials due by: 3/30/2016
3/10/2016 Agenda requests & all written materials due by: 2/24/2016
2/11/2016 Agenda & Pre-Meeting Packet Minutes
1/14/2016 Agenda & Pre-Meeting Packet Minutes

12/10/2015 Agenda Minutes
11/19/2015 Agenda Minutes
9/9/2015 Agenda Minutes
6/11/2015 Agenda  Minutes
5/14/2015 Agenda Minutes
4/9/2015 Agenda Minutes
3/31/2015 Agenda Minutes
2/12/2015 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 City Council.
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 & City Council - 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
Chair: James Robertson Mayoral Appointee, Recreation
Vice Chair: Jane Sender Conservation Commission
Michael Clarke Mayoral Appointee, Open Space
Joel Feinberg Mayoral Appointee, Community Housing
Donald Fishman Parks and Recreation Commission
Laura Fitzmaurice Newton Historical Commission
Beryl Gilfix Mayoral Appointee, Historic Resources
Richard Kronish Newton Housing Authority
Jonathan Yeo Planning and Development Board
Members' Biographies

Newton's City Council & Its Committees

Click below to learn about the work of the City Council and its committees on CPA proposals & projects:
 • City Council committees that review CPC recommendations  - the full Council refers each CPC funding recommendation to two or more appropriate committees (updated December 2015)
 • CPC & City Council - their roles in the funding process under state law and local ordinance