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Leaving it open

SCEAC: Open space a defining characteristic of county suburbs

This map shows areas within Glenville designated as "open space," which is typically undeveloped, rural, or protected areas.  The map was compiled by Glenville officials as part of its Open Space Plan, which was approved in 2008. NOTE: Two separate images were placed together by The Spotlight to form a complete map.

This map shows areas within Glenville designated as "open space," which is typically undeveloped, rural, or protected areas. The map was compiled by Glenville officials as part of its Open Space Plan, which was approved in 2008. NOTE: Two separate images were placed together by The Spotlight to form a complete map.

To also help development of the plaza, Landry said, the town is hoping to have only one owner for ShopRite Square instead of two, which would pit owners against each other. He said it fragments the redevelopment process instead of having one owner view the plaza as a whole.

Having a plan

Many towns are currently developing formal open space committees or are working on initiatives, according to Gillen, but Glenville is the only town in the county to approve an Open Space Plan.

Glenville’s plan was approved in 2008 and is planned to be reevaluated every five years, said Kevin Corcoran, town planner for Glenville. The Town Board had established a committee of over a dozen members, Corcoran said, which meet around 35 times and held at least three public hearings. Corcoran said feedback and comments were also received through emails and letters.

“We were starting to see a lot of residential subdivisions in the rural parts of town,” said Kevin Corcoran, town planner for Glenville. “Even in the eastern portion of town there was valuable natural resources and some commercial development … was starting to eat way at the fringes of areas that were worthy of conservation.”

Open space areas were mapped to help in future development projects presented to the town.

“We were able to pretty well map out nine areas where open space preservation was a priority. Those areas get special attention when sub-divisions are proposed,” said Corcoran. “There is merit to preserving natural resources.”

After the town focused on preserving open space, he said, land donations to the town started to come forward.

“We’ve had three land donations from property owners, because the town did adopt an open space plan they came forward,” he said. “Without the open space plan I don’t think we would have been approached with these offers.”

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