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RE: ratios of green to developed space

  • Subject: RE: [cg] ratios of green to developed space
  • From: Hal Gausman <HGausman@ci.everett.wa.us>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 09:01:56 -0700

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has developed standards
for open space that are based on population and walking distance. I was a
park planner for the City of Eugene, Oregon. At Eugene they had adopted the
National Standards as a planning goal and also a very strong Urban Forest
protection plan. I also worked for Willamalane Park District in Springfield,
Oregon. Springfield has also references the National Standards as a planning
goal. The State of Oregon also provides the cities with standards (the
SCORP) that are very similar to the National Standards. You may want to also
look at the book by Galen Cranz "The Politics of Park Design", specifically
the City Beautiful and park reform periods around 1900- 1930 for background
information. The World Health Organization has also developed goals for open
space as part of the Healthy Cities movement. I would recommend contacting
the NRPA for a list of cities that have adopted the standards and have
language in their development ordinances. Good Luck
Hal Gausman, Landscape Architect
Development and Construction Supervisor
Everett Parks Department
Everett, Washington

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Sally McCabe [mailto:sallymcc@libertynet.org]
		Sent:	Monday, July 23, 2001 5:16 AM
		To:	Dboek@aol.com; ariel@tc.umn.edu;
		Subject:	Re: [cg] ratios of green to developed space

		Philadelphia, the original "Greene Countrie Towne," was
founded under
		William Penn's Charter that required one acre of green space
for every four
		acres of development, which makes for a very pretty city.

		It lasted for many years, until developers found a loophole
and annexed the
		surrounding farmland into the city limits. When you bought a
		downtown you got a corresponding chunk of open space out in
		hinterlands. We've been fighting to get the original
regulations back ever

		Sally McCabe
		Philadelphia Green

		At 8:07 PM -0400 7/22/01, Dboek@aol.com wrote:
		>Hi, Anna and everyone,
		>I've got exactly the same question. We're trying to
strengthen our existing
		>tree ordinance in Charlotte, where a 'stakeholder group'
now debating how to
		>proceed. One school of thought is to use the 'canopy' of
mature trees as the
		>way to measure impact (of course, developers are fine with
this - if you give
		>them 'credit' for a mature tree canopy when they leave a 2
inch sapling).
		>Another approach is to look at the problem ecologically,
and set aside a
		>percentage of the land area of a new development for
habitat, trees and open
		>For the record, our current required canopy is 10%. The
city, where trees
		>thrive, probably has a cover ranging from over 60% in some
		>(high income) to less than 20 in others, and zip in new
developments that
		>have been clear-cut.
		>Ideas from other cities would really help.
		>Also, I'm wondering if community gardening can help with
tree and habitat
		>preservation and stewardship. I recently learned about
Philadelphia's tree
		>steward program (from this list) - do other communities
have experience with
		>that? What about tree nursery projects, especially for
native trees?
		>Thanks a lot,
		>if you were closer, I'd give you all some tomatoes. The new
paste tomato,
		>Juliette, is very pretty but not super-tasty, glad I've got
my Celebrities
		>and Brandywines.
		>Charlotte NC
		>In a message dated 7/22/01 1:35:02 PM Eastern Daylight
Time, ariel@tc.umn.edu
		>> Apart from Seattle, are there any cities out there that
you all know about
		>>  that have established acceptable ratios or desirable
ratios of green to
		>>  developed space?  I'd appreciate any and all help.
		>>  Anna
		>>  Anna Wasescha
		>>  Farm in the City
		>>  1312 Dayton Avenue
		>>  St. Paul, Minnesota  55104-6440
		>>  651.646.8733 (phone)
		>>  651.646.0034 (fax)
		>>  ariel@tc.umn.edu
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