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Littleton CPA Fact Sheet
The Community Preservation Act (CPA, introduced in 2000) is a tool to help communities preserve open space and historic sites, and create affordable housing and recreational facilities. It is intended to provide municipalities with their own dedicated and predictable source of funding with maximum flexibility to fashion local initiatives that preserve and enhance community character.
Littleton voted to adopt the community preservation act in 2007.
CPA for Littleton:
Example of Cost and How Calculated:
One third of all Massachusetts municipalities participate in the CPA program. In FY 2006 over $58 million of state funding was distributed to some 102 municipalities based upon those communities’ self-determined level of CPA participation. For the 5 years from 2001-2006, all participating communities have received 100% matching state funds making this one of the state’s best granting programs. The State’s granting funds come from fees paid at the registry of deeds by citizens of the Commonwealth, us. The only way to tap into these funds is by adopting the Community Preservation Act.
Littleton Conservation Trust advocates for the use of CPA funds to acquire open space that fits Littleton’s Open Space and Recreation Plan priorities and that have significant value in relation to our mission.