Growing Locally: Open Space, Farms & Housing - Is There Room for All?

APA Massachusetts Chapter


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Acton, MA, United States

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This workshop will address the increasing demands on the limited amount of land available to support a range of community interests, from diverse affordable housing to preservation of open space that cannot be replaced. The many values of conserved lands will be addressed, including land for local food production as well as water protection, wildlife, recreation, and community character.  A panel of municipal experts will explore the implications and opportunities from different perspectives including property values and tax base, community planning, conservation, and options for achieving multiple goals.


1. Introduction:  Overview of trends around land development and conservation and housing demand in Middlesex County

2. Agriculture’s strengths in Massachusetts and the demand for farmland, including increasing numbers of small farms and growth in public interest in local produce and sustainability

3. Nuts and bolts: how does a town successfully acquire land, and what processes need to be in place for this to succeed? Description of the successful protocol in the town of Stow, to monitor available parcels and to vet and acquire land

4. Panel discussion by municipal officials offering diverse perspectives on open space strategies and success stories from Middlesex County

This event is cosponsored by the Middlesex Conservation District and the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative. Hosted by the Middlesex Conservation District and made possible through a state Conservation District Innovation Grant


Jennifer Hashley

Invited Speaker

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Kathy Sferra

Invited Speaker

Conservation Department - Town of Stow

Tom Tidman

Invited Speaker

Town of Acton

Marianne Iarossi

Invited Speaker

City of Framingham

Peter Berry

Invited Speaker

Town of Acton

William Nasser

Invited Speaker

City of Framingham

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