63 acre Hoerle Farm will acquire Agricultural Preservation Restriction
I can probably count on one hand -- after sticking it in a snowblower-- how many times Amherst Town Meeting has turned down an open space farmland preservation article, so it's a safe bet the 63 acre Hoerle Farm article already approved by the Community Preservation Act Committee will easily pass.
The land is currently in an agricultural protection program that generates almost no taxes so it's not like the revenue to the the town will decrease any. Moving up to the APR program only protects it all the more from being sold off for development.
And the state is paying 90% of the cost.
Of course one of the BIG problems in Amherst is the skewed tax base where half of all property in town is owned by tax exempts -- Amherst College, UMass and Hampshire College being the top three -- and the town's Conservation program coming in at #4.
About the only thing that trumps (if I dare use that word) open space preservation is historical preservation.
Five years ago, in order to save the privately owned Kimball House, the town paid the state $286,000 (with CPA money naturally) and swapped another larger parcel of land to get property out of the APR program so the property behind the Kimball House could be developed.
Kimball House, North East Street
Although in that case the owner built the most expensive house in Amherst, so all in all a net property tax gain.
Either way, it was all done with CPA money -- the manna that falls from the heavens -- so nobody cares.