In November 1998, Franklin residents
voted to endorse the preservation of our dwindling open spaces by creating
an OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND to acquire and preserve these resources and
by establishing an ADVISORY COMMITTEE to
identify properties and priorities for preservation. The Franklin Township
Open Space Advisory Committee has adopted an OPEN
SPACE PLAN (532kb Adobe PDF document) and is
seeking help in the process of identifying properties for preservation.
Open Space Advisory Committee Presentation to
the Township Council on March 23, 2004.
Though the term 'open space' means
different things to different people, as used in our plan it refers to several
different things: natural or undeveloped areas, FARMLAND PRESERVATION ,
recreational opportunities and HISTORICAL
PROPERTIES. Each of these is a key component of our Plan.
Funding Open Space Preservation
is a challenging effort, especially because of the high cost of property.
But the Township has an aggressive FUNDING
PLAN that it is following.
Landowners in the Township may want
to continue to own their property, but want to ensure that it can never be
developed or they may simply want to sell it. For those interested in preserving
their property, there are many PRESERVATION
OPTIONS available whereby the property can be protected and the landowner
may be compensated. There are a variety of options for those landowners interested
in selling outright. The township, and non- profit organizations working
with the Township, may be able demonstrate ways to sell properties to the
township that could benefit the landowner financially, perhaps even more
so than a sale to a developer. In many situations, can make a better offer
than a developer who will end up changing the natural character of the land.
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