Matters related to open space, farmland, community character, quality of life, taxes, and development are all intertwined. In the Stroud Region, as well as other areas throughout the Commonwealth and the nation, municipal, and school district officials have realized that many of the costs of development, particularly in areas of rapid change, are borne by the community rather than the developer.
Residential development requires more services than is covered by tax revenues. In short, it is in the best interest of the community to control the demand on the cost side of development by creating, implementing, and maintaining an open space conservation plan. Open space conservation is essential to any smart growth plan.
Smart growth communities are more livable than are sprawling suburban neighborhoods, and accumulating evidence suggests that smarter, denser growth is simply the most economical way for communities to grow. The most successful higher-density neighborhoods – those most attractive to homebuyers – offer easy access to parks, playgrounds, trails, greenways and natural open space. This is one reason that the American Planning Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, and many business leaders support the open space conservation and smart growth movements.
It Starts in Parks A three-part Op-Ed series, published in the Pocono Record, outlines some of the many community benefits of open space, parks and recreation. Open Space boosts the local economy (economic development) ‘Sustainability’ starts with parks (environmental sustainability) Parks, recreation promote health too (alleviating social problems)