Open Space Advisory Committee

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Open Space Advisory Committee Members
  • Tom Denny, Chair
  • Eric Gifford
  • Tim Holmes
  • Suzanne Kwasniewski
  • Dave Miller
  • Maureen Roberts
  • Beth Wurtmann

Current Projects

Natural Resource Inventory

The City of Saratoga Springs has received grant funding through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to complete a Natural Resource Inventory. The Open Space Advisory Committee is working with LaBella Associates as well as students from the Master of Regional Planning Program at the University of Albany to complete the NRI by 2019.

NRI's are composed of listing and descriptions of naturally occurring resources in a community and generally include:
  • Maps showing the location and extent of important resources such as groundwater resources, farmlands, significant wildlife habitat, and other related items.
  • A database of information providing the factual basis for resource management and land use decisions.
  • A narrative summary which describes the NRI goals, summarizes the findings of the inventory, and details the methods used to evaluate the results.
The NRI is the first step to determine the baseline for updating the 2002 Open Space Resource Plan as well as the future creation of a Climate Resiliency and Vulnerability Assessment.