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.  

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Canton's CPA Projects
Project Name
Year  Project Sponsor Appropriation
 HS Tennis Court Restoration
 2014  School Committee  $200,000
 Veteran’s Housing - Electrical Box Replacement for 13 units
 2014  Canton Housing Authority  $30,000
 Veteran’s Housing - Smoke Detector Upgrade for 26 units
 2014  Canton Housing Authority  $63,700
 Canton Corner Cemetery Gravestone Restoration, Phase 1
 2014  Historical  Commission and DPW  $25,000
 1840 Friendship Quilt by Canton women
 2014  Historical Society  $2,750
 Civil War Soldier Statue Restoration at Memorial Hall
 2014  Veteran's Agent  $30,000

Schedule for Applicants

Projects for consideration at the 2016 Town Meeting, should observe the following schedule:  Pre-application period opens July 1, 2015 and forms are due by October 1, 2015

Full project applications are due by November 17, 2015

The Committee is planning to a host a workshop for CPA applicants this summer, more details to follow.

Community Preservation Plan

2015 Approved 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.

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.

Contact Us

  1. Kristen Phelps
    CCPC Admin

    801 Washington Street
    Canton, MA 02021

    Office Hours:
    By Appointment Only
    Remote office