Open Spaces. “This is Our Plan”
The Open Spaces Chapter is 6 pages long with about 2,500 words.
I have suggested 20 changes to this Chapter, most minor edits. One member of the Regional Plan Committee recently said that we should not be concerned with the words of this plan. I am. If you are concerned, please get involved. NEXT MEETING IS September 17th, 7:00PM at City Hall.
My Suggested Edits.
-First paragraph STRIKE “which affects all other components of the Flagstaff Regional Plan”
-Add “while respecting private property rights” to the vision statement.
-Third paragraph STRIKE “is” so it reads “access MAY BE restricted.
-Last Paragraph, 3rd line ADD “may” so it reads “The City and County may have”
-Third paragraph STRIKE “will” so it reads “state trust lands MAY form….” and remove “and defines county communities” from the end of the sentence so it reads…
“This plan envisions that National Forest and publicly acquired State Trust lands may form an open space system that, for the most part, surrounds the city geographically”
-Third paragraph STRIKE “within 15 minutes of any neighborhood” and ADD “while endeavoring to” so that it reads…
The plan balances the needs of people and ecosystem health to retain and improve pedestrian access to open space, while endeavoring to preserve important wildlife linkages and habitat, and protect surface water.
-Fourth paragraph, STRIKE “such as Friends of the Rio, Friends of Walnut Canyon, and Habitat Harmony”
-Fifth paragraph, STRIKE “Coordinated open space planning between the County and City is a priority”
-Sixth paragraph, STRIKE “Wildlife corridors, habitat areas, and watchable wildlife sites, as established by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, form an important layer within the Flagstaff Regional Plan open space planning maps”
-First paragraph, STRIKE “The Coconino National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan should be coordinated with Flagstaff Regional Plan open space and recreation planning policies”
-Request future debate on the Open Space Plan section which consists of 2 paragraphs and 15 bullet points.
-Left Column, remove names of non profit partners. Seems inappropriate.
-Policy OS1. Add property rights wording.
-Policy OS1.1. STRIKE
-Policy OS1.2. STRIKE “under the general guidance of the Open Space and Greenways Plan and the Natural Environment maps”
-Policy OS.1.3. ADD “where practical” after “buffer zones”
Use open spaces as natural environment buffer zones to protect scenic views and cultural resources, separate disparate uses, and separate private development from public lands, scenic byways, and wildlife habitats
-Policy OS1.4. DEFINE public vs private property.
-Policy OS1.5 ADD, “when practical
-Move to appendix.