Community Preservation Committee

Meetings 
  • 7 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor Meeting Room
    141 Keyes Road
    Concord, MA 01742
Agendas & Minutes

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Meeting Recordings

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2023 Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location
Jan 3, 2023 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Jan 17, 2023 7:00 pm Meeting Cancelled
Feb 21, 2023 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Mar 1, 2023 7:00 pm Finance Comm. Public Hearing
Mar 29, 2023* 7:00 pm *Wednesday, Public Info Session
Apr 18, 2023 7:00 pm TBD
May 16, 2023 7:00 pm TBD, Public Info Session
Jun 20, 2023 7:00 pm TBD
Jul 18, 2023 7:00 pm TBD
Aug 15, 2023 7:00 pm TBD
Sep 19, 2023 7:00 pm TBD
Sep 23, 2023 7:00 pm Site Visits
Sep 26, 2023   TBD
Oct 17, 2023 7:00 pm TBD
Nov 1, 2023* 7:00 pm *Wednesday
Nov 14, 2023   TBD
Nov 21, 2023 7:00 pm Public Hearing
Dec 5, 2023 7:00 pm TBD

Community Preservation Committee Members

Member Nominated By Term Expires
Diane Proctor, Chair Select Board May 31, 2023
Eve Isenberg Select Board May 31, 2023
Sarah Grimwood Natural Resources Commission May 31, 2024
Paul Boehm, Treasurer Recreation Commission May 31, 2024
Andrew Boardman Planning Board May 31, 2024
Nancy Nelson Historical Commission April 30, 2023
Charles Phillips Housing Authority May 31, 2024
Burton Flint, Vice-Chair Select Board May 31, 2025
John Cratsley Select Board May 31, 2024

CPA FUNDING APPLICATION 2024

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) helps communities preserve open space and historic resources, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities to benefit the public. 

Concord typically distributes grants for CPA-eligible projects from the Concord Community Preservation Fund once per year. The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) accepts applications for projects in September for distribution the following July.

The application deadline for 2023 Annual Town Meeting has passed. 

The next application deadline will be Friday, September 8, 2023, for the 2024 Annual Town Meeting. 

New application materials will be available shortly. 

CPC Program Documents

THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT IN CONCORD

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT?

Established under M.G.L. c. 44B, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows Massachusetts cities and towns to raise monies through a surcharge of up to 3% of the tax levy on real property. These funds can be used to acquire, create and preserve open space; acquire, preserve, rehabilitate or restore historic resources; acquire, create, preserve and support community housing; and acquire and preserve land for recreational use. The Act also includes a significant State matching fund, which provided $36.29 million in matching funds to CPA communities last year and over $542 million to those communities to date. In addition to Concord, 156 cities and towns across the State have adopted the CPA to date.

HOW IS THE CPA USED IN CONCORD?

At the 2004 Annual Town Meeting and subsequently at the polls, Concord residents voted to adopt the CPA with a 1.5% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills. There are two exemptions, however, to this surcharge:

• The first $100,000 of taxable value of residential real property

• Residential property owned and occupied by any person who qualifies for moderate- or low-income housing (earning less than 80% of Area Median Income), or low or moderate-income senior housing (earning less than 100% of Area Median Income and are 60 years of age or older).

The CPA mandates that each fiscal year Concord must spend, or set aside for later spending, at least 10% of the annual revenues in the Town of Concord Community Preservation Fund for each of the three CPA interests: community housing, historic resources, and open space. Beyond these required allocations, Concord Town Meeting decides, based on the CPC’s recommendations, how much of the remaining 70% of the funds should be spent on the three purposes identified above or for recreation. The spending mix for the remaining 70% of the Fund can be modified each year, and any monies not appropriated remain in the Fund for future distribution.

WHERE DO THE CPA FUNDS COME FROM?

The funds available for spending each fiscal year are a combination of three sources:

1) Projected Fund Revenues for the Upcoming Fiscal Year – Projected fund revenues are made up of the funds collected from the 1.5% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills and the State matching funds collected from existing surcharges on all real estate transactions at the Registry of Deeds and Land Court. These funds are termed as “projected” because the final numbers are not available until October or November of each year. 

2) Undesignated Fund Balance – These are funds which were collected in previous years but never allocated. Where did this money come from? Usually an undesignated fund balance represents either unanticipated additional interest received on CPA fund accounts or the receipt of more State matching funds or surcharge tax revenues than were originally anticipated.

3) Reserve Funds - These are funds which were approved at previous Town Meetings to be set aside for future projects in Community Housing, Historic Preservation, and/or Open Space. 

WHAT DOES THE SURCHARGE MEAN TO CONCORD TAXPAYERS?

To calculate the median CPA surcharge, first subtract the CPA exemption for the first $100,000 of the taxable value of a residential property, then multiply the remaining number by the recommended fiscal year tax rate per $1,000 of value. Then multiply that number by .015 (1.5% surcharge) and you get the CPA surcharge amount. 

Example:

Assessed Home Value is $800,000. 

Subtract the first $100,000 (residential only) for the CPA exemption. Net value is now $700,000. 

Multiply the net value by the fiscal year tax rate/$1,000: $700,000 X .01476 = $10,332.

Multiply the net tax by the surcharge rate: $10,332 X .015 = $154.98

The CPA Surcharge would be $154.98.