Open Space Waiver Fees
Enhancing livability by conserving and improving land for public open space is at the heart of our mission. We take this responsibility seriously, given that 70% of County residents lack adequate access to open space within a quarter mile of home.
Under current law, developers must provide 1,000 square feet of open space per dwelling unit or pay a “fee in lieu” thereof. The County Open Space Manual provides details for meeting the requirement. Given the importance that these provisions play in our ability to deliver on our mission, we advocate for changes that will improve them. A running history of efforts to amend them, and our critique of same, is below.