Protected Lands – The Planning Board may require that up to one half of the minimum required open space remain in its natural state.
Recreation Lands - Where appropriate to the topography and natural features of the site, the Planning Board shall require that at least ten percent (10%) of the open space or two (2) acres (whichever is less) shall be of a shape, slope, location and condition to provide an informal field for group recreation or community gardens for the residents of the subdivision.
Leaching Facilities and or wells and well fields - If not connected to public sewerage and/or public water, and subject to the approval of the Board of Health, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, or as otherwise required by law, the Planning Board may permit a portion of the open space to be used for components of sewage disposal system and/or wells or well fields serving the subdivision, where the Planning Board finds that such use will not be detrimental to the character, quality, or use of the open space, wetlands or water bodies, and enhances the site plan. The Planning Board shall require adequate legal safeguards and covenants, to be included in the deeds to the lots in the Open Space Residential Development, that such facilities shall be adequately maintained by the lot owners within the development.
Accessory Structures - Up to five percent (5%) of the open space may be set aside and designated to allow for the construction of structures and facilities accessory to the proposed use of the open space including parking.
Agriculture and Forestry - Agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, viticulture, or forestry are allowed as accessory uses to the OSRD, provided, if the land is not conveyed to the Town, the owner shall submit a long-term management plan for the use of the land, including, as appropriate, sustainable forestry or agricultural processes, pesticide, insecticide, fertilizer, and animal waste management plans, and other issues pertaining to the stewardship of the land. The Planning Board shall review and approve the plan in making its decision.
Ownership of Open Space
At the developer's option and subject to approval by the Planning Board, all areas to be protected as open space shall be either: