Article 97 & The Public Lands Preservation Act

Date of Publication: 02/19/1998

Author: MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

An Act Preserving Open Space in the Commonwealth, also known as the Public Lands Preservation Act (PLPA), was enacted in 2023, establishing in statute requirements and a process for submission to the legislature of petitions to authorize the use for another purpose or disposition of land subject to Article 97 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth (Art. 97).  The Executive of Energy and Environmental Affairs maintains a website with public information and resources related to their role in implementing the law. See:  Article 97 & The Public Lands Preservation Act |