Open Space Planning

Open Space Planning

Wide open spaces
MVPC environmental planners work collaboratively with municipal conservation commissions and open space committees to help research, write, and produce comprehensive local Open Space and Recreation Plans (OS&R), consistent with Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services (DCS) guidelines. MVPCs planning services include:

  • Community organizing and visioning
  • Inventorying and analysis of environmental assets and threats
  • Inventorying and mapping lands of conservation and recreation interest
  • Setting community goals and objectives
  • Preparing open space action plans

What is an Open Space & Recreation Plan?
A state-approved OS&R Plan, valid for five years, is an action-oriented blueprint for identifying, mapping, prioritizing, and ultimately preserving a community’s most important natural resources. It also is a requirement for local participation in the various grant programs offered by the state Division of Conservation Services. These programs include: Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Program, Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Program, and Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.



The Merrimack Valley is a picturesque home to marshes, beaches, forests, fields and wildlife. We work with many community organizations and concerned citizens to protect these natural resources and bring development and preservation balance to the region.

  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
    160 Main Street
    Haverhill, MA 01830
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    f: 978.372.4890
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