Posts Tagged ‘ open space ’

Council Will Consider Question to Help Preserve Rocky Hill Open Space, Farms

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

The Land Acquisition and Farmland Preservation subcommittee recently approved a motion by a majority vote to send a question to the council, which asks residents to allow the town to appropriate $10 million for acquisition of land or to purchase development rights for farmland preservation and open space. Subcommitee member Frank Szeps opposed the motion.

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Governor signs open space law

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

Connecticut residents who are concerned about conservation have reason to be optimistic this week.

Governor Malloy signed a new law on Friday — Public Act No. 12-152, An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan — that requires Connecticut to devise a formal strategy for protecting open space, and to update it every five years. That’s good news because Connecticut’s official goal is to protect 21 percent of the land in the state, and it’s obviously easier to reach a goal if you have a plan for getting there.

CT’s disabled vets get free open space access

May 18th, 2012 | By

Connecticut’s disabled veterans are being offered free lifetime passes to the state’s parks, forests and recreation system, authorities say. For more on this story, visit: CT’s disabled vets get free open space access | Hartford Business.

$25K added to Killingly budget for open space preservation

May 14th, 2012 | By

Killingly, Conn. — Killingly residents last week approved adding $25,000 back into the proposed $13.3 million general government budget, a move proponents said will enable the town to continue its mission of preserving open space. For more on this story, visit: $25K added to Killingly budget for open space preservation – Norwich, CT – The

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CT Audubon comments on passage of open space bill

May 11th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut General Assembly passed a major piece of legislation that will lead to better land conservation throughout the state. Here’s our statement about it: May 10, 2012 – The passage this week by the Connecticut General Assembly of a new open space bill will vastly improve the way the state goes about prioritizing, tracking

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CT House Must Vote Tomorrow for Open Space & Wildlife

May 8th, 2012 | By

A dispatch from Audubon CT: Time is running out for open space and wildlife in Connecticut! With only one full day left in the 2012 Connecticut General Assembly Session, we need your help to make sure that Senate Bill 347 “An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan” is passed into law before the closing bell rings

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Bethel approves open space purchase

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By

A hand vote at a town meeting approved the town’s purchase of 72 acres of pasture and woodland owned by the Franc family. Bethel voters and property owners voted about 150-1 to approve spending $855,000 of town funds on the property on the corner of Old Hawleyville and Plumtrees roads. For more on this story,

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Downtown Branford Open Space Approved by Selectmen

Jan 20th, 2012 | By

The acceptance of nearly nine acres of land by the town as open space was accompanied by the selectmen’s approval of a conservation restriction that will be managed by the Branford Land Trust. For more on this story, visit: Downtown Open Space Approved by Selectmen – Branford, CT Patch.

Connecticut Farmland Trust preserves Lebanon farm

Dec 27th, 2011 | By

The 32-acre Skaats Farm at 420 Clubhouse Road has been preserved by the Connecticut Farmland Trust in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Farm and Ranchland Protection Program. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story from CT Farmland Trust.

Ignored Milford law would have amassed millions for open space

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By

It sounded like a good idea at the time. A 1987 ordinance, passed by the Board of Aldermen and dutifully signed by Mayor Alberta Jagoe and City Clerk Margaret Egan, required that the proceeds of all sales of city land be deposited into a special account that would be used to buy open space. The

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Half-hour drive between separate worlds

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

From many perspectives, the state would be better served if green space in Oxford could stay that way, and the mostly unused old factories elsewhere could be put to use.

Haddam Land Swap Furor Has Another Open-Space Donor Worried with WSJ update

Jun 5th, 2011 | By

The proposed Haddam land swap — in which the state may trade open space on the Connecticut River to a developer in return for other property — has Johnson questioning assurances he was given that land he sold to would be preserved as open space.

Rep. Reed Busy for Branford

Feb 11th, 2011 | By

“HB 6020 would prohibit the siting of a cell phone tower within 750 feet of a school or day care facility unless no other appropriate site exists,” said Rep. Reed. “It would also allow the Connecticut Siting Council the power to impose fines on applicants who intentionally file inaccurate or misleading information to obtain approvals.”

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Public hearing set for Simsbury Town Center Code

Feb 11th, 2011 | By

SIMSBURY – The Zoning Commission has set a date of March 21 to hold a public hearing on the proposed Town Center Code regulations. The commission voted on the date, recommended by Director of Planning Hiram Peck, at a special meeting held Feb. 7. Lee Ensweiler of Code Studio, the Texas-based consulting group hired by

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Support the Community Green Fund Bill

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

Could your town use some work on its: Energy conservation and efficiency? Storm sewers? Brownfield remediation and redevelopment? Air and water quality? Alternative Energy production? Well, here’s what you can do!

A Look Back at an Open Space Ordinance | Branford Seven

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

The issues of open space/farm land tax status has been ongoing for the better part of a year, initiated by Wayne Cooke’s loss of farm status, resulting in a 5x increase in his taxes, to about $85,000. While initially the discussions became an exercise in the speedy tabling of agenda items, the isses raised have

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Berlin Buys 43-acre Open Space Parcel

Jan 11th, 2011 | By

Berlin has closed on the purchase of a 43-acre parcel off Chamberlain Highway that will be maintained as open sapce. via Berlin: Town Buys Open Space Parcel –

Rell saved 74 farms; helped preserve 8,000 acres

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she is particularly proud of her administration’s efforts to preserve open space in the state. Since taking office, Rell has helped save at least 74 farms, totalling nearly 8,000 acres of open space. “We’ve done more in farmland and open space preservation than any administration — ever,” Rell said. via

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Glastonbury looks to purchase 55 acres

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

GLASTONBURY — The town is looking to add to its open space inventory while forming a greenway in the process. Town Manager Richard J. Johnson recently announced that he had reached an agreement to purchase a 55-acre parcel known as the Yanaros property. via 55 Acres: Glastonbury looks to purchase 55 acres –

Weston’s Sustainability Team Sets Ambitious Goals

Dec 14th, 2010 | By

The natural environment maintains a special place in the hearts of Weston residents. And the Sustainability Committee is looking to build on that respect with an assortment of innovative strategies.