Canton Community Preservation Committee (CCPC)


Established under M.G.L. c. 44B, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows Massachusetts cities and towns to raise funds through a surcharge on local real estate taxes.  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. 


In the General Election of 2012, Canton residents voted to adopt the CPA with a 1% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills with two exemptions: 
  1. residential property owned and occupied by any person who qualifies for low- income housing, or low- or moderate-income senior housing, and  
  2. the first $100,000 of taxable value of all residential real property.  
At the 2014 Annual Town Meeting, voters approved to extend the $100,000 tax exemption to commercial and industrial property owners.  

Is our Project Eligible? 
Click this link to view a summary of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's Allowable Uses Chart.


Community Preservation Plan

After adopting the Community Preservation Act, each community must develop a Community Preservation Plan to facilitate implementation of the Act, according to Section 5 (b)1 of CPA. The Community Preservation Committee must hold a public hearing and update the plan every year.  The following link represents the current year plan -


For more information visit , as well as view the following instructions and guidance on Canton’s specific process for application funding

For project information contact CCPC Administrator at or (339) 502-5729.

Schedule for Applicants

Projects for consideration at the 2017 Annual Town Meeting, should observe the following schedule:  Pre-application period opens July 1, 2016 and forms are due by September 30, 2016.

Full project applications are due by November 17, 2016

The Committee generally hosts a workshop for CPA applicants over the summer.   Workshop details (date, time, location, etc.) will be announced here an in the local media.

Contact Us

  1. Kristen Phelps
    CCPC Admin

    801 Washington Street
    Canton, MA 02021

    Office Hours:
    By Appointment Only
    Remote office