Open Space Committee

Meeting Schedule: Fourth Monday of each month, 7 pm in Shelburne Town Hall , unless otherwise posted.

Next 5 meetings:

  • Mon, Jul 25 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Aug 22 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Sep 26 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Oct 24 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Nov 28 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678

Members

10 of 14 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • Norman Beebe, Recreation Committee Representative.
  • John Wheeler, Planning Board Representative.
  • vacant, Agricultural Commission Representative.
  • David Schochet. 2021.
  • Thor Holbek. June, 2021.
  • Gary Lapoint. 2022.
  • Joan Greenfield. 2022.
  • Larry Flaccus. 2022.
  • Jim Perry. 2023.
  • Joel Dwight. 2023.
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Who we are

The Open Space Committee is an advisory body that was established by Town Meeting  in May, 2005 to carry forward the recommendations of the Shelburne Open Space and Recreation plan . The Committee includes members appointed by the Selectboard for 3-year terms, and a representative appointed for one-year terms from each of the Agricultural Commission, Conservation Commission, Planning Board and Recreation Committee.

The Committee works with the Selectboard, Town Boards, other local, regional and state officials, regional farm and conservation advocacy organizations, members of the business community, landowners, farmers, and citizens on issues relative to open space preservation in Shelburne.

What is Open Space?

"Open space" is land that is undeveloped, generally without paved roads or permanent structures, and shall include, but not  be limited to, land to protect existing and future well fields, aquifers and recharge areas, watershed land, agricultural land, grasslands, fields, forest land, fresh water marshes and other wetlands, river, stream, lake and pond frontage, lands to protect scenic vistas, land for wildlife or nature preserve and land for active or passive recreational use such as the use of land for community gardens, trails, and noncommercial youth and adult sports, and the use of land as a park, playground or athletic field.

What we do

The Open Space Committee carries out the action plan mandated by the Town through the Open Space and Recreation Plan adopted in 2004 and updated in 2014 by the Town. Activities include:

  • Working to ensure that Shelburne sustains its small town environment characterized by general peace and quiet, clean air and water, safety from crime and vandalism, and maintains its rural character outside of Shelburne Falls while supporting infrastructure of the village;
  • Working to ensure that Shelburne maintains or improves the quality of its air, drinking water, streams and other surfaces waters including the Deerfield River, and maintains and improves the quality of farm and forestlands, scenic views, and wildlife habitat through the conservation of locally important natural and open space resources;
  • Working to ensure that Shelburne maintains and improves the quality and accessibility of all its recreational facilities and programming.

Open Space and Recreation Plan

See below for the sections of the Shelburne Open Space and Recreation Plan adopted in 2014.

Mapping Resources

In conjunction with the Franklin Regional Council of Goventments, the Open Space Committee has assembled a number of maps showing various aspects of land use in the town. Most  of these come from the 2014 Open Space Plan, and they reflect data from that date. Below are files of maps which may be downloaded and printed at 11x17 size. Note: these maps are not to be used for legal purposes. Full-size maps are avaiable in the Town Office for the public to view.

Hiking and Walking in Shelburne

There are many great hikes and walks in and around Shelburne. The Open Space Committee, in conjunction with the Recreation Committee, has developed and maintains trails both in the Village and in the wooded areas of town, including those on Massaemett Mountain, the Fire Tower, Wilcox Hollow and the Wooded Loop. Download and print the maps below, or pick up copies in the Visitor Information Center or Town Office.

Invasive Species - Identification and Management

Invasive plants and insects can destroy local and regional ecosystems, including their suitability as wildlife habitat. Learn how you can identify and control invasive species on your property.

Links to Land Planning Websites

Chapter 61

Community Preservation Act

Conservation restrictions

Land conservation and estate planning tools

Area Land Trusts

Mapping tools

Previous meetings:

  • Mon, Jun 27, 2022 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, May 23, 2022 at 07:00 PM -- Zoon meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Mar 28, 2022 at 07:00 PM -- zoom meting. To Join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom meeting To Join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting - To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
  • Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting. To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81138153536 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 81138153536
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  • Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom meeting: To Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91759213473 or Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 917 5921 3473
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Open Space Committee Meeting Minutes

Name Uploaded Date
   Surveying Subcommittee posting 1-4-21.doc (View on Calendar) 2021-01-01 13:59:53
   Surveying Subcommittee posting 1-18-21.doc (View on Calendar) 2021-01-11 15:15:50
   Surveying Subcommittee posting 1-11-21.doc (View on Calendar) 2021-01-11 15:12:07
   Open Space Comm Survey Subcommittee 2021-01-25 minutes.pdf 2021-01-26 10:16:42
   Open Space Comm 2022-6-27agenda .pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-06-27 16:45:46
   Open Space Comm 2022-6-27agenda .pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-06-27 16:45:46
   Open Space Comm 2022-5-23 minutes draft.pdf 2022-06-27 16:47:25
   Open Space Comm 2022-05-23 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-05-19 12:47:29
   Open Space Comm 2022-04-25 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-04-24 17:53:55
   Open Space Comm 2022-04-25 draft minutes.pdf 2022-05-19 14:21:38
   Open Space Comm 2022-03-28 minutes.pdf 2022-05-19 14:21:28
   Open Space Comm 2022-03-28 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-03-28 09:49:01
   Open Space Comm 2022-02-28 minutes.pdf 2022-05-19 14:30:54
   Open Space Comm 2022-02-28 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-02-28 16:37:42
   Open Space Comm 2022-01-24 minutes.pdf 2022-03-28 09:48:57
   Open Space Comm 2022-01-24 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-01-23 15:44:57
   Open Space Comm 2021-12-13 minutes.pdf 2022-02-02 17:47:00
   Open Space Comm 2021-12-13 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-12-13 10:57:07
   Open Space Comm 2021-11-22 Minutes.pdf 2022-01-23 16:14:31
   Open Space Comm 2021-11-22 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-11-21 18:38:02
   Open Space Comm 2021-10-25 minutes.pdf 2022-01-23 16:01:44
   Open Space Comm 2021-10-25 agenda -1.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-10-21 10:41:43
   Open Space Comm 2021-09-27 Minutes.pdf 2022-01-23 16:10:16
   Open Space Comm 2021-09-27 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-09-26 22:56:15
   Open Space Comm 2021-08-30 minutes.pdf 2021-10-21 10:56:47
   Open Space Comm 2021-08-30 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-08-25 19:14:27
   Open Space Comm 2021-08-23 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-08-19 17:46:52
   Open Space Comm 2021-07-26 Minutes.pdf 2021-08-31 13:52:03
   Open Space Comm 2021-07-26 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-07-25 22:07:45
   Open Space Comm 2021-06-28 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-06-28 11:07:04
   Open Space Comm 2021-06-21 Minutes.pdf 2021-08-19 17:48:42
   Open Space Comm 2021-06-10 minutes.pdf 2021-08-19 17:59:19
   Open Space Comm 2021-06-10 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-06-08 22:03:52
   Open Space Comm 2021-05-24 minutes.pdf 2021-08-19 18:06:13
   Open Space Comm 2021-05-24 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-05-24 11:17:24
   Open Space Comm 2021-04-26 Minutes.pdf 2021-05-27 12:20:09
   Open Space Comm 2021-04-26 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-04-23 10:33:22
   Open Space Comm 2021-03-22 Minutes.pdf 2021-04-30 11:18:40
   Open Space Comm 2021-03-22 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-03-19 17:21:52
   Open Space Comm 2021-02-22 Minutes.pdf 2021-03-24 12:20:31
   Open Space Comm 2021-02-22 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-02-21 14:48:37
   Open Space Comm 2021-01-25 minutes.pdf 2021-02-24 10:05:36
   Open Space Comm 2021-01-25 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-01-21 11:01:06
   Open Space Comm 2020-12-28 minutes .pdf 2021-01-27 16:05:38
   Open Space Comm 2020-12-28 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-12-27 19:24:04
   Open Space Comm 2020-11-23 minutes.pdf 2020-12-29 09:54:09
   Open Space Comm 2020-11-23 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-11-18 09:57:14
   Open Space Comm 2020-10-26 minutes.pdf 2020-11-24 10:41:20
   Open Space Comm 2020-10-26 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-10-25 12:37:46
   Open Space Comm 2020-09-28 minutes.pdf 2020-10-27 10:00:37
   Open Space Comm 2020-09-28 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-09-25 09:43:01
   Open Space Comm 2020-08-24 minutes.pdf 2020-10-14 10:26:33
   Open Space Comm 2020-08-24 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-08-23 08:56:18
   Open Space Comm 2020-07-27 minutes .pdf 2020-08-25 20:13:42
   Open Space Comm 2020-06-24 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-06-21 18:18:33
   Open Space Comm 2020-06-22 minutes.pdf 2020-08-25 20:13:42
   Open Space Comm 2020-06-01 Minutes.pdf 2020-06-28 16:49:44
   Open Space Comm 2020-04-27 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-04-26 16:00:45
   Open Space Comm 2020-03-30 minutes.pdf 2020-04-29 14:14:58
   Open Space Comm 2020-03-30 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-03-25 13:56:35
   Open Space Comm 2020-02-24 Minutes.pdf 2020-03-24 10:09:20
   Open Space Comm 2020-01-27 Minutes.pdf 2020-03-24 14:27:08
   Open Space Comm 2019-12-23 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:48
   Open Space Comm 2019-11-25 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:48
   Open Space Comm 2019-10-28 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:49
   Open Space Comm 2019-09-23 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:49
   Open Space Comm 2019-07-22 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:50
   Open Space Comm 2019-06-24 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:51
   Open Space Comm 2019-06-03 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:51
   Open Space Comm 2019-04-21 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:52
   Open Space Comm 2019-02-25 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:20:47
   Open Space Comm 2019-01-28 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:24:20
   Open Space Comm 2018-11-26 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:24:13
   Open Space Comm 2018-10-22 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:24:13
   Open Space Comm 2018-09-24 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:19
   Open Space Comm 2018-06-25 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:24:14
   Open Space Comm 2018-06-04 minutes.pdf 2020-03-14 17:24:14
   Open Space Comm 2018-04-06 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:20
   Open Space Comm 2018-02-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:12
   Open Space Comm 2018-01-22 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:12
   Open Space Comm 2017-12-11 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:12
   Open Space Comm 2017-10-23 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:13
   Open Space Comm 2017-09-25 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:13
   Open Space Comm 2017-08-28 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:13
   Open Space Comm 2017-07-24 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:14
   Open Space Comm 2017-06-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:14
   Open Space Comm 2017-04-24 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:15
   Open Space Comm 2017-03-27 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:15
   Open Space Comm 2017-02-27 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:15
   Open Space Comm 2017-01-23 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:16
   Open Space Comm 2016-11-28 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:23
   Open Space Comm 2016-10-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:23
   Open Space Comm 2016-09-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:16
   Open Space Comm 2016-08-22 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:23
   Open Space Comm 2016-06-27 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:23
   Open Space Comm 2016-04-25 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:23
   Open Space Comm 2016-03-28 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:23
   Open Space Comm 2016-02-22 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:22
   Open Space Comm 2016-01-25 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:16
   Open Space Comm 2015-11-23 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:16
   Open Space Comm 2015-07-27 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:22
   Open Space Comm 2015-06-22 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:16
   Open Space Comm 2014-09-22 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:17
   Open Space Comm 2014-08-25 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:17
   Open Space Comm 2014-07-07 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:18
   Open Space Comm 2014-06-30 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:18
   Open Space Comm 2013-08-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:18
   Open Space Comm 2013-06-24 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:18
   Open Space Comm 2013-05-27 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:22
   Open Space Comm 2013-04-22 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2018-09-03 10:43:21
   Open Space Comm 2013-03-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:20
   Open Space Comm 2013-02-25 Minutes.pdf 2018-10-29 15:55:19
   Open Space Comm 2013-01-28 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:20
   Open Space Comm 2012-12-10 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:20
   Open Space Comm 2012-11-26 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:20
   Open Space Comm 2012-10-22 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:20
   Open Space Comm 2012-09-24 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:19
   Open Space Comm 2012-08-27 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:19
   Open Space Comm 2012-07-23 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:19
   Open Space Comm 2012-06-25 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:18
   Open Space Comm 2012-05-21 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:18
   Open Space Comm 2012-04-23 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:18
   Open Space Comm 2012-01-09 Minutes.pdf 2018-09-03 10:43:17
   Open Space Comm 2020-03-25 agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-03-25 09:16:39
   Open Space Comm-2021-04-26 Minutes DRAFT.pdf 2021-05-24 11:50:20
   Open Space Com Posting Notice-2020-06-01.pdf 2020-06-01 08:54:58
   Guntlow proposal MahicanMohawkTrail.pdf (View on Calendar) 2020-03-27 18:25:22
   forest mtwp town grant final BID march 13 2020.docx (View on Calendar) 2020-03-27 18:27:54
   C2 ShelburneTrailDetails 6-8-21.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-06-08 22:10:17
   C1 ShelburneTrail 6-8-21.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-06-08 22:09:14

Open Space Committee Agendas