Beginning with Habitat


Open Space Planning

1. Why Plan for Open Space | 2. Importance of Being Pro-Active | 3. What is an Open Space Plan | 4. Open Space Planning Process | 5. Components of an Open Space Plan | 6. Using BwH in Open Space Plan Inventories | 7. Designating Local Focus Areas | 8. Commonly Raised Public Concerns | 9. Example Plans

Example Open Space Plans

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The following case studies provide good examples of habitat-oriented approaches to open space planning. The first is from the Town of Casco. Casco's plan builds directly off of key Beginning with Habitat (BwH) principles (landscape level planning, prioritizing large blocks, maintaining habitat connections, and identifying key habitat components) then identifies four "open space focus areas". The plan suggests a variety of tools to protect land within these focus areas including conservation leases and easement acquisition.

The second case study is the report of Brunswick 's Flora and Fauna Subcommittee, one of several topic specific sub-committees that were involved in the drafting of Brunswick's Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan (see This report provides an inventory of existing habitat features, rare natural community types, and rare plant and animal occurrences, and led to the adoption of Brunswick's Wildlife Habitat Overlay Districts, included as an example land use tool in the BwH Toolbox.

Additionally, the towns of Sanford, Topsham and Readfield have also developed open space plans based off of Beginning with Habitat information and approaches.

Example Plans

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