State legislation (An Act Relative to the Establishment of the Cape Cod Open Space Land Acquisition Program), enacted in 1999, established the Cape Cod Land Bank for towns to use "for the purpose of acquiring land and interests in land for the protection of public drinking water supplies, open space, and conservation land, the creation of walking and bicycling trails, and the creation of recreational areas." In 2005, 13 of the 15 towns on Cape Cod voted to convert the Cape Cod Land Bank Act in their towns to the Community Preservation Act, thereby ending the Cape Cod Land Bank. Two, the towns of Chatham and Provincetown, having previously adopted the Community Preservation Act in addition to the Cape Cod Land Bank, have both preservation programs in place.
In Spring 2010 the Cape Cod Commission worked closely with The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts to create a comprehensive dataset of all properties purchased with Cape Cod Land Bank money. Available information includes a .pdf file of the data across the Cape and a .zip file of the GIS data.
Contact Cape Cod Commission GIS Manager Anne Reynolds, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts Executive Director Mark Robinson, or Cape Cod Commission Natural Resources Specialist Heather McElroy with any questions.