OSRP_Map_5_ArticleThe Draft 2014 Open Space and Recreation Plan will be discussed next Wednesday at a public forum. Interested citizens can review the plan and offer input at 7PM on April 30th in the Board of Selectmen’s Room at Town Hall.

Over the last 20 months, the Plan was developed by the Auburn Space Committee with assistance from the Planning Division of the Auburn Department of Development and Inspectional Services.

The Mission of the Open Space Committee is “To identify, protect, preserve and restore open space, wetlands, and woodlands in the Auburn area to provide permanent wildlife corridors and native plant habitats for the benefit of the entire community.”

Once approved by the committee, the plan will be sent to the State for approval. An approved plan is necessary to secure grants and funds to create new open space in the town or to modify existing space.

Current open spaces include all recreation fields, parks, and open land owned by the Town of Auburn; land owned by the Commonwealth; land owned by the Auburn Housing Authority and Auburn Water District; and land designated for cemetery usage. There are also areas that are restricted by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 61 for Forestry, Agriculture, and Recreation.

If you have a concern about development taking over existing open space, want to see more recreational space in town, or are just curious about the plan, try to attend this informative session.

Click here to see a full map of the Open Space and Recreation Plan.