Townsend Approves Open Space and Recreation Plan, Eyes State Approval for Grants

The Townsend Open Space & Recreation Commission approved the 2024 Townsend Open Space and Recreation Plan after years of development and collaboration. This step enables the town to submit the plan for state approval, which is mandatory for the town to be eligible to apply for state grants. The meeting touched on minor tweaks to the document, such as date corrections and the removal of placeholders like “XX,” ensuring the plan’s accuracy before submission.

During the meeting, the commission discussed the plan’s finalization, which included a review and minor adjustments that had been made in collaboration with the land use department and other state entities. The plan was sent to Jessica Consalvo for final edits, who diligently worked with the commission to “scrub” and perfect the document.

One of the central points of discussion was the importance of state approval. The commission clarified that only after the state’s sanction could the town proceed to apply for various grants that would benefit Townsend’s open spaces and recreational facilities. The commission also addressed an error in the dates mentioned in the previously circulated minutes, which was identified and slated for correction.

Upon approval, the plan is expected to be sent to the state for review, after which the commission may need to make further updates based on feedback.

The commission’s approval of the plan was unanimous, with members expressing relief and a readiness to see the plan move forward to the next phase. The commission plans to communicate with Jessica Consalvo regarding the submission of the finalized document to the state and to circulate the corrected version among the commission members.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Town Administrator:
Eric Slagle
Recreation Commission Officials:
Elizabeth Sears, Rachel Palmer, Emy Hoff (Staff Contact)

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