Importance of the CPA
CPA is a valuable "smart growth" tool that can help adopting communities build housing, preserve open space, and protect historic assets. As the following facts will show, many municipalities are under increasing pressure to maximize the use of their available land:

Since 1945, 1.3 million acres of farmland have been lost.
Between 1985 and 1996,13,000 acres were converted from agriculture or open space to residential use.
Between 1950 and 1990,
Massachusetts population grew 28%.
the amount of developed land increased by 188% (6 times the population growth).
population in every city in the Commonwealth decreased.
Since 1950, the Boston metropolitan area has lost almost ½ its open space.
Most land parcels of over 25 acres belong to people over age 60. This land is frequently broken up to pass on to children and often subsequently sold for development.
Unplanned development costs more in services than the tax revenue it provides.
Every day, 44 acres are lost to development, causing:
increased water pollution
increased air pollution
fewer recreational opportunities
loss of historic character
overburdening of infrastructure and public services
loss of personal privacy
loss of native wildlife
Housing prices continue to escalate faster than income. Since 1996, housing costs state-wide have increased by 42% while incomes are up only 21%.
Nearly 250,000 households in the Commonwealth pay more than 50% of their income for shelter costs.
The lack of affordable housing is not only a social problem, but also an economic problem that is affecting business expansion and retention.
Reducing sprawl by protecting open space and public land, protecting historic buildings and sites, and providing affordable housing preserves the fabric of our communities
The Community Preservation Fund improves the community as a whole, adding to all property values and protecting the investment of homeowners.
In comparing towns with different levels of development, including both residential and commercial/industrial, it was found that in general the more developed towns had higher tax bills for homeowners and the less developed towns had lower tax bills.
Homebuyers don’t want to live in overdeveloped areas.
Saving open space and protecting historic sites preserves the unique qualities of local areas.
There is a direct link between the value of a community’s character and the length of time its residents will want to live there.
Creating affordable housing allows those who provide essential services in a community - its municipal employees, firefighters, police officers, and teachers - to actually live in that community.