Town of Griswold, CT
New London County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Griswold 11-14-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Conservation Commission — See Ch. 18.
Planning and Zoning Commission — See Ch. 68.
Recreation — See Ch. 74.

§ 60-1 Open Space Land Acquisition Fund.

Pursuant to the authority of C.G.S. § 7-131r, there is hereby established the Griswold Open Space Land Acquisition Fund to be used solely for the purposes of the preservation of open space, the acquisition of land (or any interest in land, including but not limited to easements and development rights, associated surveying and legal fees) to be used for open space, parks, playgrounds, natural resource protection, recreational or agricultural purposes. This fund is continuous and shall not lapse at the close of the municipal fiscal year, and the fund shall not be accessed by any Griswold public official and/or employee for any purpose other than the herein stated purpose.

§ 60-2 Deposits and transfers to fund.

There shall be deposited into the Open Space Land Acquisition Fund such sums as the Town may from time to time appropriate for that purpose. There shall also be deposited into the fund all payments received as fees in lieu of the provision of open space pursuant to subdivision regulations adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission under the authority of C.G.S. §§ 8-25a and 8-25b, and any other funds acquired by the Town, whether by gift, bequest, grant or otherwise, for the purposes to be served by the fund. By separate action annually, the Board of Selectmen may also transfer to the Open Space Land Acquisition Fund any unexpended funds from any Planning and Zoning budgeted funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year, and any Inland Wetlands and Watercourses and Conservation Commission budgeted funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year.

§ 60-3 Open Space Land Acquisition Committee.

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint an Open Space Land Acquisition Committee to consist of the following seven members: two members of the Planning and Zoning Commission as selected by the Planning and Zoning Commission, two members of the Inland Wetlands Watercourses and Conservation Commission as selected by the Inland Wetlands Watercourses and Conservation Commission, all four members to have initial terms of two years each and then subsequent terms shall be three years each; and one member each from the Economic Development Commission, Board of Recreation, and Board of Selectmen, as selected by the Board of Selectmen, and these three members shall have terms of three years each. The Open Space Land Acquisition Committee shall elect its Chairperson and a Secretary and shall meet periodically, but not less frequently than biannually. Its charge shall be to identify and/or review potential acquisitions of land or interests in land for open space, natural resource protection, recreational or agricultural purposes, to make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen regarding acquisition of such land and other proper uses of the Open Space Land Acquisition Fund and to perform such other tasks relating to the use and administration of the fund as the Board of Selectmen may direct.

§ 60-4 Appropriations from fund.

Appropriations from the fund for the purposes for which it is created shall be made upon the recommendation of all of the following commissions or committees: the Inland Wetlands Watercourses and Conservation Commission, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Open Space Land Acquisition Committee, and the Board of Selectmen; and, where the proposed appropriation is for the purpose of acquiring land (or any interest in land, including but not limited to easements and development rights), upon review by the Planning and Zoning Commission pursuant to C.G.S. § 8-24, by any Annual or Special Town Meeting after due warning.

§ 60-5 Application for grants or matching funds.

The Open Space Land Acquisition Committee is also authorized to direct the Griswold Planning and Development Department and Town Planner, upon the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to research and/or apply for any state or federal grants and/or matching funds which may be available, for the purpose of acquiring land for the preservation of open space, the acquisition of land (or any interest in land, including but not limited to easements and development rights) to be used for open space, parks, playgrounds, natural resource protection, recreational or agricultural purposes.