Latest CPA News

Supreme Judicial Court Delays Decision on Acton CPA Lawsuit
Last September, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard oral arguments concerning the ongoing CPA lawsuit in the town of Acton. However, on Thursday, January 18th, the SJC issued an order to waive the 130-Day rule, delaying the decision on this case.
Documents are Historic Resources, Too
In March 2006, the CPA statute was amended to include “documents and artifacts” within the definition of historic resources. However, in the process of reviewing applications for preservation of documents, CPCs and commissions have questioned which documents should qualify as “historic” under the definition contained in the CPA legislation.
ParkServe Online Tool - Mapping Your Community's Park Accessibility
It’s not hard to see how a beautiful public park adds to the quality of life for the surrounding community. However, if a park isn’t easily accessible to nearby neighborhoods, it minimizes the overall benefit of the project. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know exactly which areas of your city or town are underserved by parks?
Boston Breaks CPA Records with 113 CPC Applicants
Boston was among the many success stories from just over a year ago when the city's residents voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act by over 70%. Today, that excitement has yet to slow down, as well over 100 people have applied for a position on the city's local Community Preservation Committee.
November 2017 Statewide Trust Fund Distribution Announced
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has released the Community Preservation Trust Fund distribution for each CPA municipality. The revenue from this year's trust fund distribution comes from the recording fees collected over the past 12 months at the state's Registries of Deeds.
10 Minute Walk Campaign - Creating Park Accesibility for All
One in three Americans does not currently have a park or green space within a 10-minute walk of home. And even those who do may find those spaces uninviting if their parks are underfunded or haven’t reached their full potential. One of the Coalition founding organizations, The Trust For Public Land, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), has launched their 10 Minute Walk Campaign today, marking a historic turning point in creating great parks for all.
Review of the Supreme Judical Court Hearing on the Acton CPA Lawsuit
Yesterday morning, the Massachusetts Supreme Judical Court heard oral arguments concerning the ongoing CPA lawsuit in the town of Acton.
Historic New England Field School: Using Easements to Protect Historic Properties
Join Historic New England preservation experts for an in-depth course designed for historic preservation students and professionals.
City of Medford Seeks Community Preservation Coordinator
The City of Medford is looking to hire a Community Preservation Coordinator to provide administrative assistance to the Community Preservation Committee and support the city's implementation of the Community Preservation Act.
Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Acton CPA Lawsuit Oral Arguments on September 7th
On Thursday, September 7th, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear oral arguments on a lawsuit against the Town of Acton in an attempt to stop CPA preservation projects
Special Feature on the Arlington CPA Program
In order to educate residents about the benefits and process of their local program, Arlington Community Media has recently published a short series focused on how the community is benefiting from CPA.
Follow the Coalition on Social Media
The Coalition is pleased to announce that we’ve officially launched our new social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter.
Chief Executives from 45 Cities and Towns Urge State Legislature to Support CPA
In a collaboration between the Coalition and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a letter was issued to the state budget conference committee this afternoon on behalf of many of the state’s largest cities and towns supporting the inclusion of the Community Preservation Act in this year’s state budget.
Senate Passes Budget Amendment to Bolster CPA Trust Fund
The Senate has adopted an amendment to the budget that would provide an increase to the recording fees at the State's Registries of Deeds to provide a higher state match to all CPA communities in 2018
CPA Adoption Update: Northbridge on the Ballot
After a vote at their annual Town Meeting earlier this month, the town of Northbridge now advances CPA to the ballot.