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- Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 16:29:41 EST
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Article in today's AANews:
Trust to seek Pittsfield preservation
Wednesday, February 14, 2001
By DON FABER
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
After a three-year hiatus, the Trust for Public Land has resumed a
partnership with Pittsfield Township on land acquisition matters.
The township Board of Trustees heard a presentation Tuesday by
representatives of the trust, a national organization that seeks to identify
development-prone land and place those properties under protection.
"We're looking forward to working with you," Supervisor James Walter told
trust representatives at the board's regular meeting.
In 1998, the board unanimously voted to begin work with the St. Paul,
Minn.-based organization on land acquisition issues, but the agreement fell
To government agencies such as fast-growing Pittsfield Township, TPL offers
the flexibility of a nonprofit partner to secure land for permanent
protection and public use by moving quickly to take prime properties off the
market. TPL would, for example, purchase certain parcels and then hold them
for the township to purchase.
"We conserve land for the people," said TPL representative Cindy Whiteford.
"And we offer the financial resources to purchase and hold land until funds
are available for public acquisition."
TPL's financial support comes from charitable gifts made by individuals,
corporations and foundations. Property owners with whom TPL works are urged
to make a donation.
Asked if there were any specific parcels targeted for purchase, Walter joked,
"the Newmarket parcel, if that becomes available." Newmarket is the giant new
development that the newly constituted board wants stopped.
Township clerk Christina Lirones said certain properties in the central area
and in the southern part of the township are being looked at.
In other business, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Dennis
Ward to the Planning Commission to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Gunn, to
end Sept. 30, 2002. The appointment of Ward means the planning body has been
completely replaced with Walter appointees since the slow-growth slate won
election in November. In a related matter, the board directed staff and
administration to produce and send requests for proposals regarding update of
the comprehensive plan.
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