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

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Members as Appointed by their respective Boards and Commissions
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Paul Mahoney, Chair
Board of Selectmen
Bouzha Cookman, Vice Chair
Board of Selectmen
Board of Selectmen
Chris Toomey, Secretary
Board of Selectmen
Geoffrey Taylor
Historical Commission
Linda Escobedo, Treasurer
Housing Authority
Greg Higgins
Natural Resources Commission
John Cratsley
Planning Board
Peter Hunter
Recreation Commission

Community Preservation Committee
2014 Meeting Schedule
(updated 10/29/14)

Monday, August 11 CANCELLED

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Wednesday, September 10
Information Workshop
All Potential Applicants are encouraged to attend

7:30 P.M.

Harvey Wheeler Community Center Auditorium,
1276 Main Street

Friday, September 26
Application Deadline

4:00 P.M.

Planning Division Office, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, September 29 CANCELLED

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Tuesday, October 7

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Saturday, October 18
Annual Site Visits

8:00 A.M.

Leaving from
141 Keyes Road

Wednesday, October 22

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, October 27   

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Wednesday, November 5

8:30 A.M.

Selectmen's Hearing Room,
Town House, 22 Monument Square

Monday, November 24  Public Hearings

7:30 P.M.

Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill Road

Monday, December 8

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

Monday, December 15

7:30 P.M.

1st Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road  

CPA Funding Applications Received for  2015 Annual Town Meeting

Concord’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce that 12 applications have been received for potential consideration by the 2015 Annual Town Meeting for Community Preservation Act Funding.  These projects address historic preservation, open space, community housing, and recreation priorities and total approximately $2 million in requested funds.
This year’s projects include the following:  

  • Regional Housing Services Program       - Town of Concord
  • MCI Concord Fountain Restoration – Mass. Dept. of Corrections and Alex Lyman
  • Wright Tavern Restoration  of Windows, Gutters and Door – Trustees of Donations, First Parish Church
  • Interior Restoration of the Old Manse, Phase II– Trustees of Reservations
  • Completion of Phase II and Installation of Accessible Play Elements for the Natural Playscape at Ripley - Concord Children’s Center and Friends of the Playscape at Ripley
  • Phase II Fields Renovations at Concord Carlisle High School – Concord Carlisle at Play
  • Peter Bulkeley Terrace Phase II – Concord Housing Authority
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Phase 2B and 2C in Concord – Town of Concord and Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Advisory Committee  
  • Warner’s Pond Dredging Feasibility Study – Town of Concord
  • 141 Keyes Road Historic Roof Restoration – Town of Concord
  • Junction Village Affordable Assisted Living Project - Concord Housing Development Corporation
  • Archaeology Program Administration – 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 2015 Annual Town Meeting.  This process will include a public hearing scheduled for Monday, November 24 at 7:30pm, which is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposed projects and how they may address community housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation priorities in Concord.  Public feedback on these applications is strongly encouraged.

The CPC is currently anticipating that there will be approximately $1.5 million in Community Preservation Act funds available for appropriation by the 2015 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 the Registries of Deeds throughout the state.   

For more information, 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 2013, Concord received a 52.23% match from these State fund, thanks in part to recently passed legislation at the State level which added $25 milliion in surplus State funds to the CPA Trust Fund.  State funds have added $4,089,832 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, there is $701 in the Open Space Reserve Fund and $826 in the undesignated Land Acquisition Fund.                                       
What does the surcharge really mean to Concord taxpayers? The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY14, the median home in Concord had an assessed value of $677,900.  After subtracting the CPA exemption for the first $100,000 of the taxable value of a residential property, and multiplying this number by the FY14 tax rate of $14.45 per $1000 of value, the median tax amount is $8,367.  The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $126.

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 February 27, 2014)

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