The Community Preservation Act is statewide enabling legislation to allow cities and towns
to exercise control over local planning decisions. This legislation strengthens and empowers Massachusetts communities:
- All decisions are local.
- Local people must vote by ballot to adopt the Act.
- Local legislatures must appoint a committee of local people to draw up plans for use of
- These plans are subject to local comment and approval.
- If residents don’t feel the CPA is working as they expected, they can repeal
The Community Preservation Act provides new funding sources which can be used to address
three core community concerns:
- Acquisition and preservation of open space
- Creation and support of affordable housing
- Acquisition and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes
A minimum of 10% of the annual revenues of the fund must be used for each of the three
core community concerns, and up to 5% may be used for administrative expenses of the Community Preservation Committee. The
remaining funds can be allocated for any combination of the allowed uses, or for land for recreational use. This gives each
community the opportunity to determine its priorities, plan for its future, and have the funds to make those plans happen.
taxes traditionally fund the day-to-day operating needs of safety, health, schools, roads, maintenance. - and more. But until
the CPA, there was no steady funding source for preserving and improving a community's quality of life and character. The
Community Preservation Act can give a community the funds needed to control its future.
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