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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 CPA program, 
 click on the navigation links at left.  

For a slide show of Newton's CPA projects by neighborhood,
click on the photo collage at right. 


Next Funding Deadline: February 29th to request required orientation meeting
for proposals to be submitted fall 2016. Click here for more information.
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Upcoming Community Preservation Committee Meetings
If it snows, check here or call 617.796.1144 after 2 pm on the day of the meeting for notice of possible cancellation or rescheduling.
 Next CPC meeting:
Thursday, 11 February 2016
7 pm, Newton City Hall Room 204

For the full pre-meeting packet (online the Friday before the meeting), go to Committees & Meetings - Current CPC Meetings.
This agenda includes discussion of pre-proposals for:
 •   affordable housing on Cherry Street (West Newton), potential $3 million CAN-DO request (revised from pre-proposal discussed at  January 2016 CPC meeting)
 •   affordable housing & an expanded community park on Crescent Street (Auburndale), potential $3.3 million City of Newton request
NOTE: The CPC uses a pre-proposal discussion only to determine whether and when it is willing to consider a full proposal, and to advise the project sponsor. The CPC votes on funding only after a public hearing on the full proposal, which is made available to the public at least 1 month before the hearing.
Next deadline for submission of agenda requests & written materials:
24 February 2016
For CPC meeting on
Thursday, 10 March 2016
 •   PUBLIC HEARING scheduled for 10 March 2016:
Allen House Additional Rehabilitation proposal (West Newton), historic resources - $2,000,000 request

To be included in the packet mailed to the CPC before this hearing, written comments must be received by the deadline at left: 24 February 2016. If you cannot meet this deadline but also cannot attend the hearing to offer your comments in person, please contact staff for assistance.
For upcoming full agendas, pre-meeting packets, or minutes of past meetings,
lick on Committees & Meetings above.
For future submission deadlines, click on Calendar above.

Community Preservation Plan
This Plan, adopted by Newton's CPC in February 2015, includes basic principles used to evaluate proposals, long-term targets for allocating funds among all eligible resources, and a comparison between the current 5-year list of anticipated future proposals and the program's current 5-year forecast of available funds. The Plan is posted on the Guidelines & Forms page of this website and is updated periodically.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines
Contact staff for assistance.
Monday, 29 February 2016 to request the required in-person orientation meeting with staff, for proposals aimed at the fall 2016 funding deadline.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 to submit a pre-proposal for discussion with the CPC, for full proposals aimed at the fall 2016 funding deadline.
Friday, 30 September 2016, to submit annual round full proposals that the CPC has agreed to consider based on its previous pre-proposal discussions.
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. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to request their orientation meeting and submit their pre-proposals for discussion at any CPC public meeting, well ahead of the annual deadlines.  The CPC has more time for thoughtful discussion of early pre-proposals, which can also help the Committee consider reserving current funds for future use.

Do You Need Help Raising Non-CPA Matching Funds?
Newton's Community Preservation Plan discourages relying exclusively on CPA funds to cover all project costs. As a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network (FIN), the Newton Free Library can assist with research on sources of matching, non-CPA fundsFor details, check out this section of our Guidelines & Forms page.

Staff Contact Mailing Address
Alice E. Ingerson, Ph.D.
Community Preservation Program Manager
Newton Planning & Development Department
City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
617.796.1089 TDD / TTY
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 in a PDF file no longer works, please ask for staff assistance in finding the document you need.