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. The survey will close at the end of December 2019.


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 CPC Public Meeting (7 pm, City Hall Room 204)

Click here for this meeting's full agenda and pre-meeting packet. The only item other than committee business on this agenda is an informal discussion with the program's outgoing staff manager about continuing program issues and "lessons learned."

Dates & deadlines for other CPC meetings in 2019-2020 are available from our Calendar link.

Newton CPA Program Staff Opening

Newton's Community Preservation Program is seeking a new full-time staff manager, to start in mid-January 2020 when current program manager Alice Ingerson will retire. Click here to read or download the detailed job description and application instructions. Apply from the Job Opportunities page under Human Resources on the City website. Please share this opportunity as widely as you can!

Recent City Council Actions

On 2 December 2019, in response to the CPC's funding recommendation to the City Council for Webster Woods, the Newton City Council voted unanimously (24-0) to recommend that the Mayor acquire approximately 17.4 acres of undeveloped woodland at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway by eminent domain, and that for this land acquisition the City:

  • borrow $15 million for 30 years against its future CPA local revenue
  • appropriate $15,000 in CPA funds for a grant to the Newton Conservators, for holding the permanent conservation restriction required by the Community Preservation Act
  • appropriate $725,000 in CPA funds for associated legal and other costs; alternatively, the Council also recommended that the CPC consider adding this funding to the debt authorized above

For more information about these Council decisions, please contact the Council directly.

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. The CPC considers both pre-proposals and full proposals on a rolling basis:

  • Proposal sponsors are strongly encouraged to request their required orientation meetings and submit their 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.
  • Each full proposal the CPC agrees to consider, based on its pre-proposal discussion, must be submitted for a staff "completeness review"  at least 5 weeks before the date requested for the CPC's public hearing and potential funding vote.  The CPC has a longstanding commitment to make all full proposals available to the public for at least 1 month prior to the proposal's public hearing.

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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