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Community Preservation Committee
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141 Keyes Road
First Floor
Concord, MA 01742
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8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Bouzha Cookman, Chair
Board of Selectmen
Dorothy Ortner, Vice Chair
Board of Selectmen
Joe Vlacovsky (Appointee)
Board of Selectmen
Paul Mahoney, Secretary
Board of Selectmen
Geoffrey Taylor, Treasurer
Historical Commission
Linda Escobedo
Housing Authority
Greg Higgins
Natural Resources Commission
John Cratsley
Planning Board
Peter Ward
Recreation Commission

17 New Applications Received for the 2015-2016 Community Preservation Act Funding Cycle

Concord’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce that 17 applications have been received for potential consideration by the 2016 Annual Town Meeting for Community Preservation Act Funding.  This year’s projects are proposed for all four of the Community Preservation Act’s funding categories of Community Housing, Historic Preservation, Open Space, and Recreation.  The projects cover a wide range of priorities for the Town and total approximately $5 million in requested funds.
This year’s projects include the following:  

Community Housing Category:

  • Regional Housing Services Program       - Town of Concord
  • Affordable Housing Buy-Down Program – Concord Housing Development Corporation
  • Junction Village Affordable Assisted Living Development - Concord Housing Development Corporation
Historic Preservation Category:

  • Emerson Umbrella Window Restoration – Umbrella Community Arts Center
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Roadway and Stone Wall Improvements – Concord Public Works
  • Town House Interior Restoration and Elevator Replacement – Town of Concord
  • Wheeler Harrington House Preservation – Town of Concord
  • Main Entrance Steps Repair – New Church of Concord
  • USS Concord Bell 2015 – Rotary Club of Concord
Open Space Category:

  • Old Calf Pasture Habitat Restoration – Town of Concord, Division of Natural Resources
Open Space and Recreation Categories:

  • Gowings Swamp Invasives Removal and Natural Playscape Improvements – Concord Children’s Center and Sudbury Valley Trustees
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Phase 2C – Town of Concord and Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Advisory Committee  
  • White Pond Restoration Project - Town of Concord, Division of Natural Resources
Recreation Category:

  • Drinking Water Fountains for Concord Playing Fields – Concord on Tap and Town of Concord
  • Chamberlain Park Bridge Restoration – Town of Concord, Division of Natural Resources
  • Phase III Fields Renovations at Concord Carlisle High School – Concord Carlisle at Play
All Categories:

  • Land Acquisition Project Fund – Town of Concord
Over the next few weeks, the CPC will review each of the proposed applications to determine which projects will be recommended for consideration at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting.  This process will include a public hearing scheduled for Monday, November 23 at 7:30pm, in the Willard School Auditorium.  The public hearing is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposed projects and how they may address Concord resources and community priorities.  Public feedback on these applications is strongly encouraged.

The CPC is currently anticipating that there will be approximately $1.7 million in Community Preservation Act funds available for appropriation by the 2016 Annual Town Meeting for these Concord projects.  This funding comes from a combination of local and state sources.  In 2004, Concord residents voted at Town Meeting, and subsequently at Town-wide elections, to establish a 1.5% surcharge on Concord real estate taxes for this purpose, with the first $100,000 of property value exempt and an additional exemption approved for low-income residents.  These local funds are matched by state monies which are disbursed from the Community Preservation Trust Fund, a fund created by fees charged on real estate transactions at Registries of Deeds throughout the state.   

Community Preservation Committee
2015 Meeting Schedule
(updated 10/22/15)
Saturday, October 17

Beginning at 8:00 A.M.

Annual Committee Site Visits - Leaving from Ripley School Parking Area, 120 Meriam Road

Thursday, October 22

7:30 P.M.

Harvey Wheeler Clock Tower Room,
1276 Main Street, West Concord

Tuesday, November 3

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, November 9
8:00 A.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Tuesday, November 17

7:30 P.M.

Town House Public Hearing Room
22 Monument Square
Friday, November 20
8:00 A.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, November 23
Annual Public Hearings

7:30 P.M.

Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill Road

Monday, November 30
7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, December 7
7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, January 11
7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

 2015 Annual Town Meeting Community Preservation Act Funding Allocations

The Concord Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce that all of its 2015 Community Preservation Act funding recommendations were approved at Concord’s Annual Town Meeting in April 2015.  Concord’s CPA fund received twelve applications for the approximately $1.8 million available this year for potential distribution.  In accordance with the state CPA statute, a minimum of 10% of the available funds must be allocated to projects in each of the three categories of Community Housing, Historic Preservation and Open Space.  The remaining funds may be distributed between the above three categories and for Recreation category projects.


Regional Housing Services Program, Town of Concord: $27,000 to fund the Town’s membership in the Regional Housing Services Office, an inter-municipal organization which provides professional housing staff for the administration of Concord’s affordable housing programs and five neighboring communities.  This funding will also be used to complete the required five year update of the Town’s Housing Production Plan. 

Peter Bulkeley Terrace Phase II, Concord Housing Authority - $370,804 towards the completion of the last four housing units in the Peter Bulkeley Terrace Development.  This project will create additional housing for low income senior and disabled residents and includes one fully accessible unit.  The project will also include limited site work and provide additional on-site parking.

Junction Village Affordable Assisted Living Development, Concord Housing Development Corporation - $45,000 for the development of an 83 unit, fully affordable assisted living complex on former State lands in West Concord.   The CHDC is working with the Grantham Group, a Massachusetts firm with experience in affordable assisted living development, to complete this project.


MCI Concord Fountain Restoration, Mass. Dept. of Corrections and Alek Lyman - $60,680 to fund the restoration of the ca. 1870s cast iron, tiered fountain located in front of the original Reformatory building on Route 2.  This project will also include restoring the working elements of the fountain as well as new plantings and landscaping.

Wright Tavern Exterior Restoration, Trustees of Donations at First Parish Church - $75,000 to continue the exterior rehabilitation of the ca. 1747 historic tavern and National Historic Landmark.  This work will include the restoration of 35 windows; the installation of new storm windows and gutters; and the repair and restoration of an original exterior door.

Interior Restoration of the Old Manse - Phase II, Trustees of Reservations - $74,500 to assist in funding Phase II of a three year project to protect and restore the interior of the National Historic Landmark.  The work in this phase will include reducing humidity and ultraviolet light impacts on interior spaces; conserving significant artifacts and furniture; and restoring interior finishes.

Archaeology Program, Town of Concord - $10,000 to implement the Concord-Brandeis Archaeological Initiative and its pilot program at McGrath Farm.  Funding will cover initial supplies and equipment as well as the necessary storage and cataloging materials for any artifacts recovered over the course of the project.


Open Space Reserve Fund, Town of Concord: $35,000 to be placed in an existing reserve for future Open Space projects and/or land acquisitions involving agriculture, open space, or recreational purposes.


Warner’s Pond Dredging Feasibility Study, Town of Concord - $65,000 to complete the feasibility study to determine the best strategy for preserving the open space and recreational opportunities provided at Warner’s Pond.  This project is recommended in the 2012 Warner’s Pond Management Plan to remediate the problems created as the Pond has gradually filled with sediment over time.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Phase 2B and 2C in Concord, Town of Concord - $125,00 to assist with the completion of the 100% design plan to bring the Trail into Concord from Acton, over Route 2 and through West Concord Center.  The Town is working in cooperation with the Mass. Dept. of Transportation and Town of Acton to complete this phase of the project.


Phase II Completion of the Natural Playscape at Ripley, Concord Children’s Center - $64,937 to complete infrastructure work and install additional accessible play elements in this universally-accessible, nature-based recreation area.  This work will include installing the new play surfaces, community swing and inclusive merry-go-round, benches, tables, and child powered water pump included in the Phase II designs.   

Fields Renovation Project at Concord Carlisle High School - Phase II, Concord Carlisle at Play, Inc. - $670,000 for work included in Phase II of the CCHS Fields Renovation Project.  Work in this phase will include the reconstruction of JV baseball and softball fields; the construction of new accessible paths, drainage and infrastructure systems, and walkways; and the installation of new fencing, lighting and other needed facility improvements.


Land Acquisition Project Fund, Town of Concord: $150,000 to be placed in an existing reserve account for future land purchases which support the Town’s efforts to create additional community housing, protect open spaces, and/or establish new recreation facilities.

For further information on the Community Preservation Committee and this year’s funding recommendations, contact Lara Kritzer in the Department of Planning & Land Management at  or (978) 318-3293.

The Community Preservation Act in Concord


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 $27.2 million in matching funds to CPA communities last year and over $414 million to those communities to date.  In addition to Concord, 148 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:

  • 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 of each year. In 2014, Concord received a 31.46% 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 $4,395,995 to the Town’s CPA fund since its inception.
  • 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.
  • 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 $73,257 in the Community Housing Reserve Fund; $15,000 in the Historic Preservation Reserve Fund; $69,716 in the Open Space Reserve Fund and $150,826 in an undesignated Land Acquisition Fund.     
What does the surcharge really mean to Concord taxpayers? The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY15, the median home in Concord had an assessed value of $732,600.  After subtracting the CPA exemption for the first $100,000 of the taxable value of a residential property, and multiplying this number by the recommended FY15 tax rate of $14.29 per $1000 of value, the median tax amount is $10,469.  The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $136.

Concord’s Community Preservation Committee

Following Concord's 2004 adoption of the Community Preservation Act, the Board of Selectmen established the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). As specified in the enabling legislation, the Committee is charged with the task of "studying the needs, possibilities, and resources of the town regarding community preservation." The areas of study are open space, community housing, historic preservation and recreation. The Committee is required to consult with town boards and commissions to ascertain the needs of the community and hold at least one public informational meeting per year. Finally, the Committee is to solicit applications for CPA projects and after review present funding recommendations to the citizens at Concord's Town Meeting.

The first task of the Committee was to write a Plan, which was completed in 2005 and has been reviewed and updated each subsequent summer.  It includes the following sections:1) The CPA in Concord; 2) How CPA Funds can be Used; 3) Needs Assessments for Community Housing, Historic Preservation, Open Space, and Recreation; 4) General Selection Criteria; 5) Application Process; 6) Guidelines for Submission; 7) Application Requirements; 8) Application; 9) Funding Process and ten Appendices. The 2012 Community Preservation Plan is available on this webpage, at the Town libraries, and in the Planning Department at 141 Keyes Road.

In writing the Plan, the Committee received input from the Town's boards, commissions and officials.  They also utilized the most recent Comprehensive Long Range Plan, the Open Space and Recreation Plan and the Playground Study.  The Committee continues to update the Plan each year to meet the changing needs of the community.   

(Updated May 13, 2015)

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