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Green space panel discusses mechanics of new program

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

The Columbia County Greenspace Committee is getting close to receiving land from an unnamed donor.

Frank Neal, director of the Columbia County Community Services Division, updated the members of the committee on the talks with the perspective donor during the group's meeting Thursday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

The land would be used for preserving the natural environment, but Neal said he could not discuss details because the deal has not bee finalized.

During the meeting, the committee members also discussed the mechanics of how the Greenspace program will work.

Chairwoman Gwen Y. Wood said a subcommittee should recommend to the Greenspace Committee which parcels should be acquired, either by donation or by purchase.

The Greenspace Committee would then present a recommendation to the county commission, but there would be no assurances the county commission would agree with the committee's recommendation, committee member Chuck Niemeyer said.

Neal noted that the committee may not want to accept all offers. "Some people may want to dump some land we have no interest in," he said.

The committee also plans to hold a meeting for local developers in June to explain the benefits of setting aside greenspace as part of their projects. The date for the meeting has not been determined yet.

Members of the committee plan to attend a meeting in Athens, Ga. Thursday to learn more about the Greenspace program.

"We're going to have all this ammunition from our workshop," Wood said.



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