The Community Preservation Act
In 2000, former Governor (and Hudson resident) Paul Cellucci signed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) into law. The CPA allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation.
More about the CPA here.
The CPA comes to Hudson
Over the course of town meetings in 2006 and 2007, Hudson adopted the CPA, approving a 1% surcharge on real property. Since its implementation, the CPA has raised approximately $3.4M from residents and Hudson has received matching funds from the State of about $1.25M. All monies from the Community Preservation Fund go toward serving the stated objectives of the CPA: open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation.
The Community Preservation Fund can acquire (and has acquired) real property. Under the CPA, these lands must be held under a permanent conservation restriction. The land will be owned by the Town. The conservation restriction may then be held by a designated nonprofit, charity, or foundation selected by the Town. The Hudson Land Trust was formed to hold these restrictions and deliver on a set of related conservation objectives.
- Enforce conservation restrictions on the Town’s existing preservation properties.
- Maintain and enhance passive recreation opportunities on these properties.
- Acquire land resources for conservation.
- Support and drive local and state conservation efforts.
- Offer conservation-related education to the community.
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Board of Directors
Thomas Green, President
Justin Provencher, Treasurer
Brian White, Clerk
Hudson Land Trust, Inc
P.O. Box 41
Hudson, MA 01749