However, the advisory committee is hoping to get all potential sites mapped so that future funding can coincide with and guide future preservation strategies rather than have a piecemeal plan and buy properties here and there, said Benton. The practice this year will be one of identifying properties as parts of a whole, "a readable, understandable, clear and crisp document," Benton said.
"Sometimes I think in the city we end up with more policy than we can keep up with," he said.
Currently, conservation efforts are convoluted by policy over policy, and zoning overlay districts over open space initiatives, he said. Benton is hoping that by fall the committee and city council will have worked out a new plan to help clear up the confusion and steer future open space conservation efforts. The committee plans to meet again this month to begin the work of putting such a plan into action.