Municipal Open Space Programs and Referendums

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Act 115 of 2013 (amending Pennsylvania's Open Space Law)

2013
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Act 115 amends Act 442 of 1967, as amended, to provide that in addition to acquiring land and easements, dedicated open space taxes may now be used to develop, improve, design, engineer and maintain open space acquired with dedicated open space taxes in order to provide open space benefits. It also clarifies that voter created open space taxes may only be repealed by voter referendum.
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Dec 20, 2013
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Act 153 of 1996 - amends the Open Space Lands Act

1996
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
An Act amending the act of January 19, 1968 (1967 P. L. 992, No. 442), entitled "An act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the counties thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses," expanding its scope to include all local government units throughout this Commonwealth.
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Feb 13, 2013
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Act 154 of 2006 (land trust-local government partnerships)

2006
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Pennsylvania Act 154 of 2006 facilitates local government partnerships with land trusts. Act 154 was passed unanimously by both the Senate and House, then signed into law by the Governor on November 29, 2006. (The act amends Pennsylvania's open space law.)
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Jul 21, 2015
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Act 4 of 2006 (millage freeze; amends the open space law)

2006
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Act 4 provides a process for freezing the millage on open space properties. It amends the act of January 19, 1968 (1967 P.L.992, No.442), entitled, as amended, "An act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government units thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses," defining "municipal corporation"; further providing for property acquired in fee simple and for local taxing option; and making an editorial change.
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Jul 21, 2015
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Act of Jan. 19, (1968) 1967, P.L. 992, No. 442 "Preserving Land for Open Air Spaces"

2013
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
As amended through 2013, an act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government units thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses. It is the purpose of this act to clarify and broaden the existing methods by which the Commonwealth and its local government units may preserve land in or acquire land for open space uses.
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Jan 09, 2020
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Case Study: Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment

Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
It took nearly ten years to construct a measure with enough support that the legislature would put it on the ballot. Passed with 56% of the vote in 2008, the amendment increased the state sales tax by 0.375 percent for 25 years and divided the increased revenue into four dedicated funds for clean water, habitat, parks and trails, and historic preservation.
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Aug 17, 2017
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Implementing a Municipal Open Space Program: A Guide for Pennsylvania's Municipalities

2003
Authors: Michael Frank
Organizations/Sources: Heritage Conservancy
This report provides municipal officials with basic information related to planning for and implementing an effective open space program.
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Feb 24, 2016
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Lands Available for Conservation in Pennsylvania Townships That Have Open Space Taxes

2022
In this report, WeConservePA identifies the quantity of remaining unprotected open space in townships that have passed open space tax referendums. WeConservePA found that all 72 Pennsylvania municipalities that have passed open space tax referendums have a substantial amount of undeveloped, unprotected land appropriate to conserve. Only one township has fewer than 1,000 acres of large parcels of unprotected open space remaining.
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Feb 16, 2022
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Open Space Program Handbook

Coming from WeConservePA in 2023
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Aug 18, 2022
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Parks in Perpetuity: The Protections Provided to Parks and Other Public Open Spaces Under Pennsylvania Law

2021
Authors: Andrew M. Loza
Parks and other public open spaces deliver tremendous benefits to the public and provide a crucial foundation for building, maintaining, and renewing communities. People rely on the permanence of these civic assets in making decisions on where to live and work. Thus, it is no wonder that Pennsylvania law affords great protections to parks from sale or conversion to non-public uses by the municipal governments responsible for their care. This guide describes these protections in brief. [3-page WeConservePA guide]
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Jun 04, 2021
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Public Finance for Open Space: A Guide for Pennsylvania's Municipalities

2003
Organizations/Sources: PA DCNR, Heritage Conservancy, TPL
Reviews public financing options for open space protection with a heavy emphasis on referenda. Includes case studies and sample municipal ordinances to place a question on the ballot and to implement voter approved dedicated taxes and borrowing. 34 pages.
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Dec 16, 2020
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Winning Local Conservation Ballot Measures Presentation- PALTA Conference

2009
Authors: Tom Gilbert
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
Presentation at 2009 PALTA Conference on winning local ballot measures to finance parks and land conservation. Includes services available from TPL, and case study of the sucessful Adams County Bond Measure in 2008.
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Aug 21, 2018
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