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The Open Space Implementation Committee is responsible for implementing the recently updated Open Space and Recreation Plan. The plan was approved by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on March 26, 2009.
The members of this committee are appointed by the Town Administrator. The committee consists of a representative from the Conservation Commission, a representative from the Planning Board and five residents, each appointed for a 1-year term. At the November 6, 2013 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the Board agreed the change the membership of the committee by changing a resident slot to a representative from the Parks Commission thus reducing the number of residents to four.
The Mission of the Open Space Implementation Committee is to maintain a balanced approach to provide safe open space and recreational opportunities for active and passive activities, to provide a safe and adequate water supply, to enhance the Town character, and to support opportunities for agriculture and wildlife to flourish in a fiscally-responsible manner.
The Open Space Implementation Committee was originally called the Open Space Advisory Committee. One of the recommendations of the September 27, 2002 Open Space and Recreation Plan was to have the Town Administrator appoint a permanent Open Space Advisory Committee to develop overall plans and implementation strategies for open space, including implementation of the Open Space and Recreation Plan. Prior to this committee, in February of 2000, the Town-Wide Planning Committee appointed an Open Space Preservation and Environmental Protection Task Force subcommittee and asked it to update the town's 1996 Open Space and Recreation Plan. The committee's name was changed to the Open Space Implementation Committee in 2009.