Community Preservation Committee

2016 CPA Funding Applications 

The Concord Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will hold its annual Public Hearing for this year’s Community Preservation Act funding applications on Monday, November 14 beginning at 7:30pm in the Willard School Auditorium, 185 Powder Mill Road. This public hearing is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the 15 new project applications submitted for Community Preservation Act funding at the 2017 Annual Town Meeting. Public feedback on these projects is strongly encouraged and all 15 applications are available for review in the link to the left column.

This year’s applications include projects in 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 $2.8 million in requested funds. 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 2017 Annual Town Meeting. This year’s projects include the following:

Community Housing Category:

1) Regional Housing Services Program - Town of Concord

2) Junction Village Affordable Assisted Living Development - Concord Housing Development Corporation

Historic Preservation Category:

3) Emerson Umbrella Window Restoration – Umbrella Community Arts Center

4) Pine Street Renovation and Historic Preservation – West Concord Union Church

5) Systems Replacement Project – Concord Museum

6) Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Roadway and Stone Wall Improvements – Concord Public Works

7) Climate Control Project- Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Community Housing and Historic Preservation Categories:

8) Timothy Wheeler House Historic Structure Report – Concord Home for the Aged

Open Space and Recreation Categories:

9) Re-Planting Trees in the Playscape and Accessible Path – Concord Children’s Center

10) Chamberlain Park Bridge Restoration – Town of Concord, Division of Natural Resources

11) Mill Brook Way Invasive species Management Project - Town of Concord, Division of Natural Resources

Recreation Category:

12) Concord Integrated PreSchool Playground Initiative – CIPS Parent Group and Concord Children’s Center

13) Rideout Improvement Project – Town of Concord Recreation Department

Historic Preservation, Open Space and Recreation Categories:

14) Harrington Park Masterplan – Town of Concord

15) Land Acquisition Project – Town of Concord


Community Preservation Committee Members

Member Nominated By Term Expires
Dee Ortner, Chair Select Board 2019
Barbara Pike, Vice Chair Select Board 2018
Bouzha Cookman, Secretary Select Board 2017
Geoffrey Taylor, Treasurer Historical Commission 2017
Linda Escobedo Housing Authority 2017
Greg Higgins Natural Resources Commission 2017
John Cratsley Planning Board 2018
Peter Ward Recreation Commission 2017
Vacant Select Board 2020

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View most recent Agendas and Minutes.

2016 Summer - Fall Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location
Saturday, October 15 8:00 a.m. Annual Project Site Visits
Meeting at Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike
Tuesday, October 18 7:00 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room
141 Keyes Road
Monday, October 24  7:00 p.m. 1st Floor Conference Room
141 Keyes Road
Tuesday, November 1 8:00 a.m. 1st Floor Conference Room
141 Keyes Road
Monday, November 7 7:00 p.m. Town House Public Hearing Room
22 Monument Square
Monday, November 14 7:30 p.m. Annual Public Hearings
Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill Road
Wednesday, November 30 7:00 p.m. 1st Floor Conference Room
141 Keyes Road
Monday, December 5 7:00 p.m. 1st Floor Conference Room
141 Keyes Road
Monday, December 12 7:00 p.m. 1st Floor Conference Room
141 Keyes Road

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. 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.

WHAT DOES THE SURCHARGE MEAN TO CONCORD TAXPAYERS?

The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY16, the median single family home in Concord had an assessed value of $798,000. Using the recommended FY16 tax rate of $13.92 per $1,000 of value, the median tax amount will be $11,108.16. 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 FY16 tax rate of $13.92 per $1,000 of value, which in this case is $9,716.16. The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $146.