CPA Committees & Meetings

Newton's Community Preservation Committee (CPC)

To learn about the CPC's duties and current members, scroll past the meeting schedule below or click here.

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 upcoming CPC agendas, use the Calendar link. Off-cycle proposals are due 1 month prior to their requested public hearing date, earlier than the regular posted deadlines.
  • 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.
  • 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:, or phone: 617.796.1253.
  • Recordings of recent past meetings are available on request, as *.mp3 files.

2016 CPC Meetings


 Agenda requests &

written materials are due by:


25 May 2016


Agenda &

Pre-Meeting Packet

DRAFT Minutes

(must be approved by CPC 8 June 2016)





1/14/2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 CPC Meetings

12/10/2015 Agenda Minutes
11/19/2015 Agenda Minutes
11/5/2015 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.

Duties of Newton's CPC

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 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

  • 2015-16 Chair: James Robertson, Mayoral Appointee, Recreation
  • 2015-16 Vice Chair: Jane Sender, Conservation Commission Appointee
  • Michael Clarke, Mayoral Appointee, Open Space
  • Joel Feinberg, Mayoral Appointee, Community Housing
  • Donald Fishman, Parks and Recreation Commission Appointee
  • Laura Fitzmaurice, Newton Historical Commission Appointee
  • Beryl Gilfix, Mayoral Appointee, Historic Resources
  • Richard Kronish, Newton Housing Authority Appointee
  • Jonathan Yeo, Planning and Development Board Appointee

Members' Biographies


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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