Community Preservation Committee

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

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Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location
Dec 1, 2020
Public Hearing
7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Dec 8, 2020 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Dec 15, 2020 7:00 pm CANCELLED
Jan 5, 2021 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Jan 19, 2021 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Feb 16, 2021 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Mar 16, 2120 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Apr 20, 2021 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
May 18, 2021 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Jun 15, 2021
Informational Session
June 29, 2021
Informational Session
7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
Jul 20, 2021 7:00 pm CANCELLED
August 17, 2021
Informational Session
7:00 on Virtual Meeting
September 21, 2021 7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
September 25, 2021
Site Visits
7:00 pm See agenda
October 5, 2021
Applicant Presentations
7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
October 19, 2021
Applicant Presentations
7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
November 9, 2021
Applicant Presentations
7:00 pm Virtual Meeting
November 16, 2021 7:00 pm TBD
November 30, 2021
Public Hearing
7:00 pm TBD
December 7, 2021 7:00 pm TBD
December 21, 2021 7:00 pm TBD

Community Preservation Committee Members

Member Nominated By Term Expires
Diane Proctor, Chair Select Board May 31, 2023
Peter Ward, Vice Chair Select Board May 31, 2023
Sarah Grimwood Natural Resources Commission May 31, 2024
Paul Boehm Recreation Commission May 31, 2024
Burton Flint, Secretary Planning Board May 31, 2021
Nancy Nelson Historical Commission April 30, 2023
Charles Phillips Housing Authority May 31, 2024
Tom Kearns Select Board May 31, 2022
John Cratsley Select Board May 31, 2024

CPC Program Documents



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.


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.


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. In 2015, Concord received a 29.65% match from these State funds, thanks in part to recently passed legislation at the State level which added surplus State funds to the CPA Trust Fund. State funds have added $4,698,417 to the Town’s CPA fund since its inception.

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. At present, the Town has $155,757 in the Community Housing Reserve Fund and $826 in an undesignated Land Acquisition Fund.


The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY17, the median single family home in Concord has an assessed value of $819,400. Using the FY17 tax rate of $14.07 per $1,000 of value, the median tax amount will be $11,528.96. 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 FY17 tax rate of $14.07 per $1,000 of value, which in this case is $10,121.96. The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $152.