The Community Preservation Coalition (the Coalition) plays a leading role in working with the state and local governments and key partner organizations to help preserve Massachusetts communities' unique character. The Coalition was formed in the 1990s with the goal of achieving passage of the Community Preservation Act. This goal was met in 2000, when then-governor Paul Cellucci signed this statewide enabling legislation into law.
The Coalition was founded by the following organizations, almost all of which still serve on its Steering Committee; The Trust for Public Land and The Conservation Campaign (now the TPL Action Fund), Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, Mass Audubon, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Massachusetts. The Trustees joined the Coalition’s Steering Committee in 2007. That same year, the Steering Committee was expanded to include representatives from CPA communities in the Commonwealth.
The Coalition helps municipalities understand, adopt and implement CPA, and advocates for CPA at the state level, thereby advancing smart growth and sustainable development in communities across Massachusetts.