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The CPA values statement and guiding principles were created in partnership between Watertown’s Community Preservation Committee, Community Preservation Coordinator, and project consultants – and are based on public input received from the public forum held in January, the online survey and this website, and from stakeholder focus groups held in March. When finalized, this statement and these guiding principles will be incorporated into the Community Preservation Plan and the CPC will use them as a general guide when considering applications for funding.


Watch the video to learn a bit more about CPA, this project, Watertown’s community context, and how these goals were created, as well as their purpose (the same video appears on every page pertaining to values, guiding principles, and goals).


Note: The Webinar Q&A event has been rescheduled for Tuesday June 30 at 6pm. See "Key Dates" to the right to register!



CPA Values Statement

Watertown residents want to maintain and improve the assets of their town - its cultural and socio-economic diversity, its historical significance, and its green spaces and connection to the Charles River - while considering growth and development trends. The CPA provides a unique source of funding to preserve and create new open space and recreation opportunities, support and create affordable housing, and protect and enhance our historic structures, landscapes, documents, and artifacts. The CPC will prioritize projects that build upon Watertown’s values: a strong pride of place, the greatest good for the community, and the enhancement and care of our community assets - its people, history, and natural resources - for transformative change, for the health and welfare of all, and for the generations to come.


Guiding Principles

1. The CPC will prioritize projects that are consistent with the community’s needs and values:

  1. Are highly visible and accessible to all and generate broad benefits and opportunities in our community.
  2. Incorporate sustainable practices and design for the long-term maintenance and lifespan of the project funded.
  3. Receive endorsement from Watertown boards, commissions, departments, community groups, and a range of public support.
  4. Are generally supported by identified needs, goals, and priorities in local planning documents and further the goals in the Community Preservation Plan.


2. The CPC will prioritize projects that use CPA funding strategically:

  1. Leverage the value of CPA capital through additional public or private funds, in-kind contributions, labor, materials, or other cost-saving measures.
  2. Address long-standing or urgent needs, or exceptional time-sensitiveopportunities in the community.
  3. Demonstrate feasibility regarding project management expertise, a reasonable and informed project budget, a realistic project timeline with milestones, and a long-term maintenance/operations plan and budget for the resource.
  4. Address two or more of the CPA focus areas (i.e., blended projects).
  5. Serve as catalysts for transformative change by preserving or acquiring assets to create new amenities and enhance the aesthetics, connectivity, and quality of life in the community.


Click through the tabs below to give feedback on the draft materials posted above or ask a question. Click here to offer feedback on the four CPA areas of open space, outdoor recreation, community housing, and historic preservation. If you haven’t already, please register to join the conversation!



The CPA values statement and guiding principles were created in partnership between Watertown’s Community Preservation Committee, Community Preservation Coordinator, and project consultants – and are based on public input received from the public forum held in January, the online survey and this website, and from stakeholder focus groups held in March. When finalized, this statement and these guiding principles will be incorporated into the Community Preservation Plan and the CPC will use them as a general guide when considering applications for funding.


Watch the video to learn a bit more about CPA, this project, Watertown’s community context, and how these goals were created, as well as their purpose (the same video appears on every page pertaining to values, guiding principles, and goals).


Note: The Webinar Q&A event has been rescheduled for Tuesday June 30 at 6pm. See "Key Dates" to the right to register!



CPA Values Statement

Watertown residents want to maintain and improve the assets of their town - its cultural and socio-economic diversity, its historical significance, and its green spaces and connection to the Charles River - while considering growth and development trends. The CPA provides a unique source of funding to preserve and create new open space and recreation opportunities, support and create affordable housing, and protect and enhance our historic structures, landscapes, documents, and artifacts. The CPC will prioritize projects that build upon Watertown’s values: a strong pride of place, the greatest good for the community, and the enhancement and care of our community assets - its people, history, and natural resources - for transformative change, for the health and welfare of all, and for the generations to come.


Guiding Principles

1. The CPC will prioritize projects that are consistent with the community’s needs and values:

  1. Are highly visible and accessible to all and generate broad benefits and opportunities in our community.
  2. Incorporate sustainable practices and design for the long-term maintenance and lifespan of the project funded.
  3. Receive endorsement from Watertown boards, commissions, departments, community groups, and a range of public support.
  4. Are generally supported by identified needs, goals, and priorities in local planning documents and further the goals in the Community Preservation Plan.


2. The CPC will prioritize projects that use CPA funding strategically:

  1. Leverage the value of CPA capital through additional public or private funds, in-kind contributions, labor, materials, or other cost-saving measures.
  2. Address long-standing or urgent needs, or exceptional time-sensitiveopportunities in the community.
  3. Demonstrate feasibility regarding project management expertise, a reasonable and informed project budget, a realistic project timeline with milestones, and a long-term maintenance/operations plan and budget for the resource.
  4. Address two or more of the CPA focus areas (i.e., blended projects).
  5. Serve as catalysts for transformative change by preserving or acquiring assets to create new amenities and enhance the aesthetics, connectivity, and quality of life in the community.


Click through the tabs below to give feedback on the draft materials posted above or ask a question. Click here to offer feedback on the four CPA areas of open space, outdoor recreation, community housing, and historic preservation. If you haven’t already, please register to join the conversation!



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