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Green Fields/Green Towns Program
On July 10, 2003, the Montgomery County Commissioners authorized the placement of the following referendum question on the November general election:

“Shall debt in the amount of One Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars, to be incurred over a ten year period, for the purpose of financing open space preservation, parks, recreation areas, recreation trails, shade trees, farmland preservation, protection and preservation of historic resources, natural habitats, and natural resources such as water, and the expenses of the debt, be authorized to be incurred by Montgomery County as debt approved by the electors?”

During the general election on November 4th, 77.63% of the voters who responded to the referendum question voted yes. As a result, the county has a clear mandate to begin the Green Fields/Green Towns open space program through the issuance of bonds to fund open space and green infrastructure projects.

Municipal Grants
Grants will be provided to 62 municipalities to update municipal open space plans and to implement the recommendations of the plans. An updated open space plan is a prerequisite for all municipal grant funds. During the first four years of the program starting April 1, 2004 and ending April 1, 2008, each municipality will have an allocation of grant funding to be used for a variety of activities needed to implement their plan. During that time, municipalities may apply for grants from their allocation in accordance with the guidelines established by the county and administered by the Montgomery County Open Space Board. Lower Salford Township has chosen to have their plan prepared by the Montgomery County Planning Commission under the terms of our existing planning assistance contract. In selecting this option, municipalities give priority to preparation of the open space plan, and other work under the contract may be deferred. The open space grant allocation for Lower Salford Township is $1,089,371.

Open Space Plan Committee

Assistant Township Manager, Mary L. West, presented the township's updated Open Space Plan to the Montgomery County Open Space Board on February 14, 2006 for their review and comments. The plan was also sent to the Souderton Area School District and surrounding municipalities for their comments. A public hearing was held by the Board of Supervisors at the Township Building on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The Montgomery County Planning Commission gave a Power Point presentation of the updated plan at the meeting. A copy of the plan was available for review at the township office. Following the public hearing, a final draft of the plan was submitted for approval to the Montgomery County Open Space Board. The final adoption of the plan was then scheduled at a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

At the November 1, 2006 Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting, the Lower Salford Township 2006 Open Space Plan was adopted in Resolution No. 2006-33. Please click below to view the plan. If you have trouble downloading the Plan (this document is 105 pages), there is a copy on file for review at the Township Building, 379 Main Street, Harleysville. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Manager Mary West: 215-256-8087.

2006 Open Space Plan

 

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