The following is the amended charge to the committee tentatively adopted by the Antrim Open Space Committee at the organizational meeting on December 7, 2004:
PURPOSE: To develop an Open Space Plan for Antrim that explores ways to preserve and enhance our open spaces, in conjunction with the development that is now taking place in our town, so as to protect the character of Antrim into the future. The plan will include recommendations for the permanent protection of priority open space areas in town, the suggested methods to accomplish this, and the probable cost and benefits associated with this open space protection.
SCOPE: Study the current open space land in the town of Antrim to determine the natural resource attributes of these lands and their current level of permanent protection. Look into the needs of the town and the cost associated with growth. Given that open space is usually an economic asset, determine the positive aesthetic, natural resource, recreational and economic values of having priority open space in Antrim permanently protected.
COMPLETION OF TASK: The committee will complete its task by December 1, 2005. They will present their findings and recommendations to the Board of Selectmen. Once the report is accepted, the committee will be disbanded.
Open space/open space lands: lands not currently developed.
Permanent protection (of land): Legal techniques such as conservation easements and public land purchases with deed restrictions or easements that assure the land will remain perpetually undeveloped (or where development will be very limited).