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

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 CPC PUBLIC HEARING (7 pm, City Council Chamber, also called Room 207)

--Please note the unusual day of the week and location.

This meeting's only agenda item will be a PUBLIC HEARING on the City's request for $15,740,000 in CPA funding to acquire and preserve open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway ("Webster Woods"). 

Written comments or questions for forwarding to the CPC in advance of the November 6 public hearing must be received by Friday, 25 October 2019. Please email comments and questions to aingerson@newtonma.gov. If you cannot meet the October 25 deadline but also cannot attend the hearing in person, please contact program manager Alice Ingerson for assistance

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 CPC Public Meeting (7 pm, City Hall Room 204)    

This meeting's only agenda item will be CPC deliberations on the Webster Woods funding proposal. To preserve the confidentiality of some supporting information for the proposal, the CPC may conduct a portion of these deliberations in an executive session, which would be closed to the public. However, this meeting will open as a public session, and the CPC will return to a public session for any funding vote(s).

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

Recent CPC Actions

On 10 October 2019, the CPC voted to recommend the $50,000 of funding requested by the Riverside Greenway Working Group toward the cost Newton Conservators toward the cost of 100% design for the Pigeon Hill Trail along the Charles River in Auburndale. This CPC recommendation will be docketed with the City Council shortly.

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 completeness review at least 1 week ahead of the 1-month 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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