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Community Preservation Program

Reports & Presentations

Current Status Reports - Proposals & Projects
Pending Pre- & Full Proposals submitted to, under consideration by, or recommended for funding by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), last updated 14 November 2015
Active Funded Projects funding has been appropriated by the Board of Aldermen, and work is in progress, last updated 30 October 2015

Current Status Reports - Funds
Currently Available Funds showing impact of recent appropriations and potential impact of: CPC recommendations not yet voted on by the Board of Aldermen, proposals received but not yet voted on by the CPC, and projects for which only pre-proposals have been submitted, last updated 17 November 2015
For the Newton Comptroller's most recent quarterly report on Newton's committed & available CPA funds,
look for "Community Preservation Fund"  under "Special Revenue Funds"
on this webpage.
Debt-Financed Projects, including total cost & payment schedules, last updated April 2014
Funding Forecast, based on estimates from the Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue, Community Preservation Coalition & Newton Comptroller, last updated 8 October 2015
Community Preservation Plan, compares the cost of current and possible future proposals to funding forecasts (on pages 3-4)

Cumulative Reports
All Projects map & lists, with project descriptions & addresses, funding dates, CPA funding categories, non-CPA funds, etc. through Fiscal 2015 (June 2015)   This large file may load slowly.
All Funds & Spending, including all sources of funding, spending by resource, etc. through Fiscal 2015 (June 2015)

Annual or Biennial Reports

Fiscal 2003 Annual Report

Fiscal 2004 Annual Report

Fiscal 2005 Annual Report

Fiscal 2006 Annual Report

Fiscal 2007 Annual Report

Fiscal 2008 Annual Report

Fiscal 2009 Annual Report

Fiscal 2010 Annual Report

Fiscal 2011-12 Annual Reports

Fiscal 2013-14 Annual Reports

Special Reports & Presentations

Program & Resource Overviews

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2007 Community Survey
Program Overview
January 2009
Program Overview
November 2009

Housing Overview
January 2011

Historic Resources Overview
February 2011

Open Space & Recreation Overview
May 2011
Program Overview
May 2013
Background on Affordable Housing
May 2015

Setting Newton's CPA Grant Priorities, 2011-12

In 2011-12, the CPC sponsored a series of Happy 10th Birthday, Newton CPA! events, to celebrate what Newton had achieved in its first decade with the CPA and to identify future funding priorities.
For the results of our 10th-anniversary Community Survey, click here.
For minutes from each 10th-anniversary neighborhood meeting, click below:
November 2011 Newton Corner, Nonantum & Newtonville
January 2012 West Newton, Auburndale & Newton Lower Falls
March 2012 Waban, Newton Highlands & Newton Upper Falls
May 2012 Newton Centre, Thompsonville & Chestnut Hill
October 2012 South Side, including Oak Hill & Oak Hill Park
November 2012 Board of Aldermen special meeting with Community Preservation Committee

A Community Atlas for Making Choices about Change

Change is part of Newton's community character, so "community preservation" in Newton means shaping change rather than trying to stop it altogether. To provide a long-term perspective on Newton's choices about change, our 10th-anniversary meetings explored historic photographs and maps of each neighborhood, as well as neighborhood close-ups from the city-wide maps below. Some maps are large and may load slowly.

Community Turnover 
Every Newton neighborhood has experienced significant turnover in the last two decades. It's hard for a constantly changing community to think long-term, but community history can help.

Historic Villages 
Newton's neighborhoods are all historic, but they're not all the same. Each neighborhood reflects the transportation options available when it was first developed. The City's land use patterns still reflect this history.

Housing & Economic Diversity
Preserving community means preserving a mix of people as well as places. The proportion of low- and moderate-income households in Newton is shrinking, along with the supply of housing they can afford. But some neighborhoods are still less unaffordable than others.

Changing Historic Fabric 
Newton is a built-out community, but it is still changing through re-development. This map color-codes all existing buildings by the time period when they were built, and shows the distribution of recent demolition permits. 

Designated Historic Resources
Many historic properties in Newton have been documented. Some are protected as local landmarks or in local historic districts. But there is still a wide gap between the places recognized as historic and all the places with a history worth recognizing (see map above).

Undesignated Open Space
How much of Newton's remaining undeveloped land should be preserved, where -- & how? This map shows all land, regardless of property boundaries, not already occupied by a building, paved for a road or parking lot, or "designated" as open space (see next map).

Designated Open Space 
Many of Newton's parks, playgrounds, conservation areas, cemeteries and golf courses are partly on low-lying, wet land that remained undeveloped -- and inexpensive -- into the early 20th century. This map shows the uneven distribution of these "designated" open spaces.

Historic Water & Wetlands 
Compare this map of "Areas to Be Drained" to the map above. This is also the "1892 map of the 2010 floods."  Newton's natural systems have been massively re-engineered since the late 19th century, but sometimes nature overwhelms our engineering.

Current Water, Wetlands & Watersheds 
The 5 main streams on the map above still connect Newton neighborhoods to each other & to the Charles River, but now they run mostly through underground culverts or fenced ditches. Many Newton residents learn their "watershed address" only during floods!