The Town of Charlton updated its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) in 2017. The plan was developed by the Charlton Open Space and Recreation Committee with assistance from the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission. Funding was provided by the Town of Charlton.
Terms & Definitions
Open Space for this planning process is defined as public and privately-owned undeveloped lands which are important for a variety of reasons, including recreation, conservation, water resource protection, agriculture, forestry, or simply because of their scenic qualities and their contribution to the overall character of the town.
The terms recreational open space or recreation refer to land used for active recreational purposes, such as athletic fields or golf courses. Land used for active recreation does not qualify technically as open space because, for example, these parcels are often covered with paved surfaces such as that for tennis courts, basketball courts and parking lots.
Open space and recreational planning will help us preserve open space while allowing development to occur that is consistent with the character of the Town.