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 MA Department of Revenue's Allowable Uses Chart.


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.  Click the following link to read the current plan update. 
                                2019 Community Preservation Plan Update


Projects for consideration at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting should observe the following schedule:  Pre-application period opens September 1, 2020 and forms are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020Submittal of a pre-application is a mandatory first step in the application process.

Upon notification that a proposed project is eligible, Full Project Applications for CPA Funding are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Use the links below to access applications and other important documents.  For more information about CPA -- including a comprehensive database of CPA-funded projects throughout the Commonwealth -- please refer to the Community Preservation Coalitions website at: