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An Open Space and Recreation Plan is a plan created by a community to actively strategize about its land use, protect open space, preserve the unique character of the community and manage aspects of growth and development that can profoundly affect the environment
A community with an OSRP is eligible to apply for Self-Help, Land and Water Conservation Funds and other grant programs administered by the state’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. An OSRP can also help a community to leverage other resources, all of which can help a community to achieve goals under its OSRP. An example of a goal could be to purchase open space.
The OSRP also provides the entire community with an opportunity to help articulate what must be done to protect the unique character and quality of life in the town. The OSRP includes recommendations regarding land use, the environment, historic preservation and development that are a public statement of the town’s goals and provide a blueprint to guide future policies and community efforts.
The Ashland Open Space Committee and graduate students from the Conway School of Landscape Design are leading the effort, working closely with various Ashland Town Departments and Officials (the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Planning Office, Recreation Department, Health Department, Public Works, School Department) and Ashland volunteer committees (Comprehensive Plan Committee, Conservation Commission, Historical Society, Town Forest Committee).
The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs requires that the OSRP includes the following sections:
For more information on the OSRP or how to help, please write to: