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The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) was signed into law by former Governor Paul Cellucci and Lt. Governor Jane Swift on September 14, 2000 (Chapter 267 of the Acts of 2000). The CPA has been amended several times. The CPA allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund to raise money through a surcharge of up to 3% of the real estate tax levy on real property for open space protection, historic preservation and the provision of affordable housing. The act also creates a significant state matching fund, which serves as an incentive to communities to pass the CPA. See EEA Community Preservation Act Information and the Community Preservation Coalition.
In the summer of 2007 the EEA, MassGIS and Community Preservation Coalition worked together to create an online version of the CP-3 form which communities complete to give information on projects that the CPA funds. Part of the online submission form is a map to locate a point for the project (if the project has a geographic component). The existing project database was cleaned up and new projects were entered using the tool to catch up the list. The online CP-3 form also allows communities to update information on older projects.
The layer is stored in ArcSDE as CPA_PROJECTS_NEW_PUB.
Some points were created by MassGIS, others by the Community Preservation Coalition or town Community Preservation Committees.
This datalayer only contains Community Preservation Act projects that have associated points.
The layer CPA_PROJECTS_NEW_PUB contains the following attributes:
NOTE: Fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. Others depend. Older projects may only have APPR_YR. New projects must have APPR_MONTH, APPR_DAY and APPR_YR.
PROJID * Internal project id, generated by application, unique, never reused number TOWN * Name of town in which the project is located PROJNAME * Project name TOWN_ID * Town ID (1-351), follows MassGIS town numbering system APPR_MONTH Approval month 1-12 APPR_DAY Approval day 1-31 APPR_YR * Approval year (some older projects only have year) 2001-2008 OPENSPACE Project has a CPA OS component? Y/N HOUSING Project has a CPA Housing component? Y/N RECREATION Project has a CPA Recreation component? Y/N HISTORIC Project has a CPA Historic component? Y/N DESCR * Description HOUSNEW Number of new housing units HOUSREHAB Number of rehabilitated housing units LANDBUY * Project involved land purchase? Y/N/null OSACRES Acres of openspace HOUSACRES Acres of housing RECACRES Acres of recreation HISTACRES Acres of historic TOTACRES * Total acres (should equal OSACRES + HOUSACRES + RECACRES + HISTACRES + TBD_ACRES) SELLER Seller name, if LANDBUY=Y STATUS * One of these values: Project in planning stage; Project in progress; Project complete; Project Cancelled HAS_GEOG * Does project have geographic component? Y/N ADD_NUMBER Address number ADD_STREET Address street name CROSSTREET Address cross street name if any ADD_ZIP Address zip code OTHER_GEOG Any other geographic info, such as book/page or map/block/lot or parcel id or a description of location EDITOR* Last person logged in who edited the project info - currently either ST (Sage CPC intern) or Aleda Freeman or CPC (projects loaded by Aleda Freeman of MassGIS) LASTEDITED* Date last edited (generated by application) SOURCE* Either "web edit" - someone added or edited project through web forms or "CPC"- loaded by Aleda and not yet edited HOUSTOT Total housing units TO_FUND* Y/N whether appropriation is to a fund TBD_ACRES Acres of to be determined CANCELED_WHY Why was project canceled? FUND_TRUST_TYPE Type of fund or trust NO_RESTRICT_WHY Why are there no permanent restrictions? CRCON Conservation Restrictions on Conservation Land CRCON_NAME Entity holding restriction CRCON_DATE Date recorded CRCON_BKPG Book/page CRCON_REG Which Registry of Deeds CRREC Conservation Restrictions on Recreation Land CRREC _NAME Entity holding restriction CRREC _DATE Date recorded CRREC _BKPG Book/page CRREC _REG Which Registry of Deeds APR Agricultural Preservation Restrictions APR_NAME Entity holding restriction APR_DATE Date recorded APR_BKPG Book/page APR_REG Which Registry of Deeds HPR Historic Preservation Restriction HPR _NAME Entity holding restriction HPR _DATE Date recorded HPR _BKPG Book/page HPR_REG Which Registry of Deeds HR Housing Restriction HR _NAME Entity holding restriction HR _DATE Date recorded HR _BKPG Book/page HR _REG Which Registry of Deeds CPA_HOUS Amount CPA Housing funding CPA_OS Amount CPA OS funding CPA_REC Amount CPA Recreation funding CPA_HIST Amount CPA Historic funding CPA_TOT* Total CPA funding (should equal CPA_OS + CPA_HOUS + CPA_REC + CPA_HIST + CPA_TBD + TOTBOND) OTH_TOWN Amount other town funds PRIVATE Amount private funds STATE Amount state funds FEDERAL Amount federal funds OTHER Amount other funds OTHER_DESC Description of what other is TOT_COST * Total cost (should equal CPA_TOT + OTH_TOWN + PRIVATE + STATE + FEDERAL + OTHER + FROM_FUND) TOT_BOND Total amount bonded BONDTERM Bond term FROM_FUND Amount spent from a fund CPA_TBD Amount CPA funding to be determined (TBD)
These data are updated on an on-going basis by town Community Preservation Committees through an online data entry tool. Also see the Community Preservation Act (CPA) Towns layer, which provides information on municipalities that have adopted the Community Preservation Act.
Last Updated 3/31/2015
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