About the Project

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Watertown's Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is gathering information to guide its priorities for allocating Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. With your input Watertown’s Community Preservation Plan will describe overall priorities to allocate CPA funds for:

  • community housing
  • open space and natural resources
  • historic preservation
  • outdoor recreation


The plan will establish goals to guide the Town's allocation of CPA funds.



Through this site you can ask questions or leave a comment (below), map ideas, take the survey, share ideas and photos, engage with in-person events, and give feedback on draft values & guiding principles, open space goals, recreation goals, community housing goals, and historic preservation goals.


In November 2016, Watertown voters adopted CPA, which allows Watertown to fund community preservation initiatives through a 2% local property tax surcharge plus an annual variable distribution from the Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund.


Watertown’s community surcharge totals approximately $2,000,000 a year, plus the annual state trust fund distribution. There are two property tax exemptions:

1) the residential exemption on owner occupied property

2) exemptions for low income persons or low- or moderate-income seniors


To learn more about CPA, you can visit the CPA Coalition website or Watertown's municipal CPC website. Watertown's monthly CPC meeting schedule is available on the town calendar. Those who are particularly interested can sign up for the town's notification service for all things CPA in Watertown. All CPC meetings and events are recorded and available for public view.


To the right you can find various documents and other resources related to CPA and this planning project. We will be adding new information and products as the project progresses.


Watertown's Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is gathering information to guide its priorities for allocating Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. With your input Watertown’s Community Preservation Plan will describe overall priorities to allocate CPA funds for:

  • community housing
  • open space and natural resources
  • historic preservation
  • outdoor recreation


The plan will establish goals to guide the Town's allocation of CPA funds.



Through this site you can ask questions or leave a comment (below), map ideas, take the survey, share ideas and photos, engage with in-person events, and give feedback on draft values & guiding principles, open space goals, recreation goals, community housing goals, and historic preservation goals.


In November 2016, Watertown voters adopted CPA, which allows Watertown to fund community preservation initiatives through a 2% local property tax surcharge plus an annual variable distribution from the Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund.


Watertown’s community surcharge totals approximately $2,000,000 a year, plus the annual state trust fund distribution. There are two property tax exemptions:

1) the residential exemption on owner occupied property

2) exemptions for low income persons or low- or moderate-income seniors


To learn more about CPA, you can visit the CPA Coalition website or Watertown's municipal CPC website. Watertown's monthly CPC meeting schedule is available on the town calendar. Those who are particularly interested can sign up for the town's notification service for all things CPA in Watertown. All CPC meetings and events are recorded and available for public view.


To the right you can find various documents and other resources related to CPA and this planning project. We will be adding new information and products as the project progresses.


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