CPA Committees & Meetings

Newton's Community Preservation Committee (CPC)

Scroll past the meeting schedule below for information about the CPC's duties and the current members of Newton's CPC.

Current CPC Meetings 

  • For links to full meeting agendas, packets and minutes, scroll down on this page.
  • For deadlines to request time on or submit written materials for future CPC agendas, use the Calendar link. Off-cycle proposals are due significantly earlier than the regular posted deadlines.
  • 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 Jini 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.

2020 CPC Meetings

 3/10/2020 Agenda requests and written materials for this CPC meeting must be received by Friday, 21 February 2020.
 2/11/2020 The sole substantive item on this agenda will be a joint PUBLIC HEARING with the CPC and the Planning & Development Board on this proposal:
 1/14/2020  Agenda & Pre-Meeting Packet Minutes 

2019 CPC Meetings

 12/10/2019 Agenda Minutes

11/12/2019

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 11/6/2019

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10/10/2019

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 9/10/2019 Agenda Minutes
 7/9/2019 Agenda Minutes
 6/11/2019 Agenda Minutes 
 6/5/2019

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 5/14/2019

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3/12/2019

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1/08/2019 Agenda Minutes

For agendas & minutes from earlier CPC meetings, click on this link: Committees & Meetings - Past CPC Meetings.

Duties of Newton's CPC 

Under the state Community Preservation Act (CPA), funds are granted for each project 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, a funding method (direct or debt-financed), and funding categories (one or more of the CPA-eligible resources and activities).
  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 on the links below to learn more about 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

For current CPC meeting agendas & minutes, scroll up or click here.

Members of Newton's CPC

Click here for short biographies of current CPC members.

  • 2020 Chair: Mark Armstrong, Newton Historical Commission Appointee
  • 2020 Vice Chair: Dan Brody, Mayoral Appointee, Open Space
  • Byron Dunker, Parks and Recreation Commission Appointee
  • Richard Kronish, Newton Housing Authority Appointee
  • Susan Lunin, Conservation Commission Appointee
  • Robert Maloney, Mayoral Appointee, Recreation
  • Jennifer Molinsky, Planning and Development Board Appointee
  • Peter Sargent, Mayoral Appointee, Community Housing
  •  Martin Smargiassi , Mayoral Appointee, Historic Resources
 

Newton's City Council & Its Committees 

Click on the links below to learn about the work of the City Council and its committees on CPA proposals & projects:

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