Plan of conservation and development

What is open space?

Preserving open space in Killingly
The role of land-use commissions in Killingly
Trash and recycling

Conservation in Killingly

What is "Open Space"?

Planners and environmentalists use the term Open Space when they discuss development and land-use planning, but what do they mean by Open Space? That's a tough question to answer. Open Space means different things to different people.

From the Killingly Plan of Conservation and Development: "The working definition of 'open space' in Killingly is an area of land that is presently in an undeveloped state and committed to remain as such. Open space is usually owned by the state, town, public utility, or not-for-profit organization (such as a land trust). Typical examples of open space include forests, parks, reservoirs, wetlands, wildlife habitats, historic sites (such as cemeteries and archeological sites), and important scenic areas. Open space does not necessarily mean open and accessible to the public. When open space is accessible by the public, the emphasis is ousually on passive recreation and activities such as hiking. Included in the 'open space' definition are private property with permanent conservation easements and farmland preserved through the Connecticut Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program or similar federal programs."


You can see all of the Open Space within Killingly by selecting thislink for the complete color pamphlet which includes pictures of those locations.