Duties & Responsibilities
Advisory to the Town Manager
ADOPTED BY COUNCIL ON 5/23/05
The Kittery Open Space Advisory Committee (KOSAC) is formed for the following purposes and in cooperation with existing Boards and Committees in the community and other interested parties:
Develop an Open Space Plan for Town Council review and acceptance. Said plan is to include:
a) Identification, mapping and inventory of all publicly owned lands (Town of Kittery, Kittery Land Trust, Federal holdings) in Kittery.
b) Identification, mapping and inventory of held property under conservation or public access easements or in the State of Maine Current Use Program (Tree Growth, Open Space, and Farmland).
c) A prioritized list of critical wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities, and landscapes important to Kittery’s history and rural/suburban quality of life.
d) A description of current activities on undeveloped municipal properties and recommendation(s) for future use of these Town-owned lands.
e) Development of a maintenance and identification marking plan for existing Town undeveloped land.
f) Develop an action plan /strategy to implement the components of the Open Space Plan including an open space acquisition strategy and funds necessary to carry out the plan.
In accordance with the Kittery’s Comprehensive Plan, which establishes Town policies for open space planning, the Town Council has authorized the Town Manager to appoint an Open Space Advisory Committee. The committee will develop and implement an open space plan.
The Advisory Committee shall:
A. Prepare an Open Space Plan with implementation steps that address policies and goals of the Comprehensive Plan;
B Participate in regular Comprehensive Plan review process.
C.Report progress of open space issues and other pertinent issues to the Town Council at least twice a year;
D. Work with the Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Parks Commission, other Town Committees, land trusts and other natural resources agencies to identify and help protect Kittery’s special places, such as:~
- Water Access Lands
- Lands Supporting Ecological or Conservation Functions and Values
- Rare, Threatened, or Endangered Natural Communities, Plants, or Wildlife Habitat
- Areas of Scenic Interest and Prime Physical Features
- Inventory Kittery’s undeveloped properties
E. Identify open lands that abut neighboring communities and enlist with other regional, state and federal entities when considering lands for conservation.
F. Make recommendations through the Town Manager to the town council regarding opportunities for open space preservation.
The committee consists of___members, as listed below. Members shall serve as advisors to the Town Manager.~ 1) All appointments recommended to the advisory committee from other committees~shall be for no longer than two consecutive years when the committee shall resubmit a recommendation of their appointment to the Town Manager for the next two years. 2) Appointments of members not serving on a Board or Committee shall also serve for an initial two-year term. The Town Manager will than determine their interest in continuing on the Advisory Board for another term.