These plans focus on the role of open spaces of different kinds in the community and may address issues of acquisition, maintenance, design and programming. While the focus is generally on recreational open spaces that are publicly owned, comprehensive open space plans also consider privately owned open spaces and resource conservation areas.  Open space plans in more urbanized areas should consider streets, plazas and urban parks.


Protect existing open space resources. Link open spaces to create a continuous corridor for mobility and habitat. Identify long term needs for acquisition, maintenance and programming.


Comprehensive open space plans consider not only public open spaces but also private open spaces, where cooperation and coordination may be difficult.


Can be used to promote a larger discussion about more compact land-use patterns that preserve environmental resources and community quality of life.


Community Planning by Island Press

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