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REPORT OF THE OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE 2009

The Open Space Committee (OSC) continues to focus on the following goals:

  • Resource protection

  • Community and habitat preservation

  • Recreation opportunities for residents and visitors

  • Preservation of the Town’s character

The early months of 2009 included the ongoing process of updating the Town’s maps to

correctly Goodwin

identify property status, i.e. nonprofit, town owned, met with Erin Jacques regarding map updates for the

easements etc. Carol 2010 Open Space Plan

(OSP). The new CAPS software was used to pull much of the information including agriculturally sensitive parcels and environmental continuity.

together

Some members walked the OSV land with PLAC in April to check out the proposed dams. OSC also went through the 2005 OSP section by section in May to determine areas that need updating. Maps were a clear priority. A report from the trails committee in Bedford, VT was also reviewed in June that provided useful information on the many benefits of trails including higher property and home values and about trails as a source of revenue.

Upon discussions of ways to reach out to the community, OSC prepared a list of questions about open space to be included in the public questionnaire that will be distributed as part of the Master Plan development process.

The year finished up with review of the new CAPS maps provided by Erin Jacques. The maps are somewhat complicated in trying to determine exactly what the data shows. It will require some assistance from Erin early on in 2010 to fully understand these new maps.

The committee meets regularly in publicly announced sessions, typically on a monthly basis. For 2010 the OSC will primarily focus on completing the 2010 Open Space Plan and participate in the development process of the Master Plan.

Respectfully submitted, OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE

Carol Goodwin, Chairman Elissa Gelfand Chip Silvestri Lynne Sarty Randy Ellithorpe

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