Open Space Committee
Upton's Open Space Committee is dedicated to protecting our town's quality of life by preserving its open spaces, natural resources, its historic treasures, and its small-town character.
The Upton Open Space Committee (UOSC) is a subcommittee of the Upton Conservation Commission. Members of the USOC are appointed by the Conservation Commission. The committee consists of between 3 and 7 voting members. Others may participate as volunteers without appointments. The committee elects a Chairman and Secretary approved annually for one-year terms.
- 7 pm
- 4th Thursday of every month
- Town Hall Room 203
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Bill Taylor, Chairperson - term ends 2024
Mike Penko, CPA Committee Representative - term ends 2024
Tom Dodd, Secretary - term ends 2024
Cheryl MacIndoe, Member - term ends 2024
Alan Miano, Member - term ends 2024
Christine Scott, Member - term ends 2024
The UOSC shall:
- Increase awareness and enjoyment of Upton's protected lands and natural resources and educate the public on open space issues.
- Work with public officials, private landowners, and land trusts to identify opportunities for open space management, protection or acquisition.
- Help the town develop by-laws, regulations and planning strategies to preserve open space, enhance natural habitats and ensure that rapid development does not overburden town services or town taxpayers.
- Work to preserve Upton's open spaces, cultural, agricultural and historical resources and landscapes, and Upton's rural, small-town character.
- Expand and improve active and passive recreational facilities.
- Protect Upton's water resources.
- Protect Upton's remaining agricultural land.
- Promote the stewardship of town-owned open space and conservation lands for natural resource protection and open space recreation.
- Co-sponsor nature walks and other public education events.
- Hold regular (at least monthly) posted public meetings.
- Maintain meeting minutes and submit minutes to the Town Clerk and the Conservation Commission.
- Prepare a yearly report summarizing committee activities for inclusion in the Annual Town Report.