Community Preservation Committee

Meeting Information

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month
Where: Police Station Conference Room
Time: 7pm


(978) 465-4400 ext. 3


Community Preservation Committee
60 Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 550
Newburyport, MA 01950
United States

The residents of Newburyport voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on November 5, 2002. This program creates a 2% surcharge on real estate taxes for all property owners, with exemptions for the first $100,000 of residential property value and property owned by any person who qualifies for low  income housing. The Commonwealth provides matching funds in October, which has resulted in the additional annual receipts of between thirty to one hundred percent local revenue.

On February 24, 2003, the City Council adopted a City Ordinance creating the nine member Newburyport Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The CPC is charged with studying the City's needs, possibilities and resources with respect to community preservation and making recommendations to the City Council with respect to the allocation and expenditure of CPA funds.

The CPC holds a public informational hearing every fall to hear suggestions and proposals from residents, City Boards, local organizations, and other stakeholders for projects which will best serve the goals of the CPA and the needs and interests of the City. The CPC then entertains project applications each spring and makes recommendations for funding to the City Council in late spring.

Applicants seeking affordable housing funds must first attend a Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust meeting to review and discuss the application.  This review must occur prior to the grant deadline and a letter from the Trust must accompany your application.

FY 2015 Applications Received

FY 2015 Application Review Schedule

Project Title


$ Requested


Down Payment Assistance and MLS for Affordable Resale Opportunities
Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust
Affordable Housing
YWCA Women's Residence Roof Replacement
YWCA of Greater Newburyport
Affordable Housing
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust
Affordable Housing
Belleville Congregational Church Restoration Project
Belleville Congregational Church Restoration Group
Historic Resources
Old South Church Trompe L'Oeil Ceiling Restoration
First Presbyterian (Old South) Church
Historic Resources
Historic Wood Framed Window Replacement
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Historic Resources
Green Street Tree Restoration Project
Newburyport Tree Commission
Historic Resources
NHS Exterior Woodwork Restoration
Newburyport High School
Historic Resources
Open Space Reserve Fund
City of Newburyport Open Space Committee
Open Space
Replacement of Firehouse Center Trees
Newburyport Parks Commission
Open Space
Inn Street Fountain Restoration & Interpretive Signage
City of Newburyport Planning Department
Open Space, Historic Resources
Curzon Mill Road Open Space Protection (Welch Properties)
City of Newburyport Planning Department
Open Space, Historic Resources, Recreation
Atkinson Common Historic Landscape Preservation (Phase 2)
Belleville Improvement Society
Open Space, Historic Resources, Recreation
Range Lights Community Sculpture Garden
Newburyport Art Association
Open Space, Recreation
World War Memorial Stadium Multi-Purpose Field Project
City of Newburyport Planning Department
Cherry Hill Parcel B Soccer Field Improvement
Newburyport Youth Soccer Association
Clipper City Rail Trail and Harborwalk Phase II
City of Newburyport Planning Department
FRS Meetinghouse and Steeple Preservation and Painting
First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist
Historic Resources

Committee Members

Name Title
Judith Grohe Chair
Mike Dissette Vice-Chair (Open Space Commission)
Cindy Zabriskie (Planning Board)
Paul Healy (Conservation Commission)
Robert Uhlig (Parks Commission)
Linda Smiley (Historical Commission)
Dan Koen (Housing Authority)
Jane Healey Member
Don Little Member

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Kate Newhall-Smith CPC Administrator (978) 465-4400 ext. 3
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