Community Preservation Program
Reports & Presentations
Pending Pre & Full Proposals submitted to, under consideration by, or recommended for funding by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), last updated 18 November 2013
|Active Funded Projects funding has been appropriated by the Board of Aldermen, and work is in progress, last updated 4 November 2013 |
|Debt-Financed Projects total cost & payment schedules, last updated January 2013 |
|Currently Available Funds showing impact of current-year appropriations and potential impact of: CPC recommendations not yet voted on by the Board of Aldermen, proposals not yet recommended by the CPC, and projects for which only pre-proposals have been submitted, last updated 20 November 2013 |
|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.
|Funding Forecast based on estimates from the Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue, Community Preservation Coalition & Newton Comptroller, last updated 20 November 2013 |
|All Projects map & lists, with project descriptions & addresses, funding dates, CPA funding categories, non-CPA funds, etc. through December 2012 |
|All Funds & Spending through Fy12, with projections for Fy13, including all sources of funding, spending by resource, etc. |
Setting Newton's CPA Grant Priorities
In 2011-12, the CPC sponsored a series of Happy 10th Birthday, Newton CPA! events to celebrate what Newton achieved in its first decade with the CPA, and to help identify future funding priorities.
|For the results of our year-long Community Survey, click here. |
|These two interactive pages from the 10th anniversary year are being redesigned as of fall 2012: |
|To suggest a new project or vote for someone else's suggestion, click here. ||To explore an interactive map of past projects, click here. |
| To provide a long-term perspective on Newton's "choices about change," these meetings included historic photographs and maps of each neighborhood, as well as neighborhood views from the Community Atlas below. |
Change is part of Newton's community character, so "community preservation" in Newton means making choices about change. Click below for large-scale maps with explanatory notes. Some maps may load slowly.
A Community Atlas for Making Choices about Change
|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!