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. Click here for results from our last survey (in 2011-12).

NEWS

More CPA State Funding on the Way!

Great news for Newton and the other 174 CPA communities in Massachusetts: on August 1st,  Governor Baker signed into law two measures that will increase the future state match for the CPA funds raised by each local community:

  • a permanent increase in the Registry of Deeds fee that funds the state's CPA Trust Fund
  • a provision allowing (but not requiring) an additional, one-time only contribution to the state's CPA Trust Fund from the state's Fy19 budget surplus, if there is one

Huge thanks are due to all the elected officials, local organizations and individual citizens from Newton who supported the decade-long campaign in support of these changes. This increased state funding will probably become available for local spending starting only in Fy21 (July 2020), but as soon we receive official financial estimates, we'll update our long-term Newton CPA funding forecast here.

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 CPC Meeting

Agenda requests and written materials for this CPC meeting are due by Friday, 23 August 2019. Tentatively, this agenda already includes:

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

Recent CPC Actions

On 9 July 2019, the CPC agreed to consider a full proposal for the Newton Housing Authority's acceptance of the CAN-DO affordable housing portfolio (citywide, 33 deed-restricted rental units), requesting $1.5 million in CPA funding toward $3.9 million in total project costs. The CPC's public hearing will be scheduled for 10 October 2019 if the complete full  proposal is received by late August 2019.

Watch the CPC on NewTV!

Go here on the NewTV website to watch a discussion taped in June 2019 about the Community Preservation Act in Newton, moderated by the League of Women Voters of Newton with three current and former CPC members: current chair Mark Armstrong, former vice-chair Walter Bernheimer, and former chair Joel Feinberg. Thanks to the League for inviting us onto their program, The League Presents!. The program's home web page is https://newtv.org/the-league-presents-1.

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.

  • Projects that met the spring 2019 deadlines for pre-proposals, and for which the CPC has agreed to consider full proposals, must submit those full proposals by 4 October 2019.

The CPC has always accepted pre-proposals on a rolling basis. In June 2019 the CPC also agreed to consider all full proposals on a rolling basis. As of 1 August 2019,

  • Each full proposal the CPC agrees to consider, based on its pre-proposal discussion, must be confirmed by staff as complete, then submitted for distribution to the CPC and posting online at least 1 month before the date of the CPC meeting at which the sponsor requests a CPC public hearing and potential CPC funding vote.
  • Proposals must be submitted for the staff review of completeness at least 1 week ahead of this deadline.

Sponsors are strongly encouraged to request orientation meetings and submit 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.

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
    email: aingerson@newtonma.gov
    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

Part 1:  

  
Part 2:  

 

Most files on this website are in PDF format. Download the free software needed to read these files by clicking on this link: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/. If an apparent hyperlink within or to a PDF file no longer works, please ask staff for assistance in finding the document you need.


Go here on the NewTV website to watch a discussion taped in June 2019 about the Community Preservation Act in Newton, moderated by the League of Women Voters of Newton with three current and former CPC members: current chair Mark Armstrong, former vice-chair Walter Bernheimer, and former chair Joel Feinberg.
 
Thanks to the League for inviting us onto their program, The League Presents! The program's home web page is https://newtv.org/the-league-presents-1.
Go here on the NewTV website to watch a discussion taped in June 2019 about the Community Preservation Act in Newton, moderated by the League of Women Voters of Newton with three current and former CPC members: current chair Mark Armstrong, former vice-chair Walter Bernheimer, and former chair Joel Feinberg.
 
Thanks to the League for inviting us onto their program, The League Presents! The program's home web page is https://newtv.org/the-league-presents-1.
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