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.

Slide Show of Current Newton CPA Proposals & Projects
(For a slide show of Newton's completed CPA projects, click here).


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 (7 pm, Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville)

Click here for access & parking map.

The sole substantive item on this agenda will be a joint PUBLIC HEARING with the CPC (for the CPA request) and the Planning & Development Board (for the CDBG request) on this proposal, received on 2 January 2020:

  •  Newton Housing Authority Acceptance of CAN-DO Portfolio (affordable housing) - $1.5 million CPA request, $426,744 CDBG request
  • Please note that for forwarding to the CPC or P&D Board ahead of the February 11 hearing, written comments must be received by 24 January 2020.

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

Recent City Council Actions

On 16 December 2019, the City Council approved funding recommended by the CPC for two grants to the Newton Conservators: for holding the required conservation restriction on Kesseler Woods (South Newton) and as the fiscal agent for the Riverside Greenway Working Group's design of the Pigeon Hill Trail (Charles River, Auburndale).

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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