Developing an Open Space and Recreation Plan for Sudbury, Massachusetts

Authors: Miles Weule Chandler*, Clark University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environment, Planning Geography
Keywords: planning, conservation, GIS, rural, MCE
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) is a planning document created by the Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEE). Massachusetts' municipalities that submit an OSRP, which details the state of their environmental resources and OSR facilities, are eligible to receive conservation funds administered by the EOEE. This study details the development of the required OSRP maps and a conservation multi-criteria evaluation for the town of Sudbury. Cartographic style decisions were made with a focus on aesthetics for a general audience, especially local residents. Town parcels were assigned a multi-criteria evaluation score based on their ecological integrity, connectivity to existing OSR sites, accessibility by pedestrians and cyclists and the parcel’s historic and cultural value. Future town meetings will refine the weights given to these particular variables on a democratic basis, ensuring that residents’ preferences for land management and conservation are reflected in the final weighting scheme. The methodology utilized in this work can be replicated for use by other Massachusetts’ municipalities when developing their respective OSRPs.

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