What is greenspace?

The statue adopted during the 2000 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly defines greenspace as "permanently protected land and water, including agricultural and forestry land, that is in its undeveloped, natural state or that has been developed only to the extent consistent with, or is restored to be consistent with, one or more listed goals for natural resource protection or informal recreation"

The rules and regulations of the Georgia Greenspace Program denote nine specific goals for greenspace:

  1. Scenic protection
  2. Provision of passive recreation in the form of boating, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, running/jogging, biking, walking, skating, birding, riding horses, observing/photographing nature, picnicking, playing non-organized sports, or engaging in free play
  3. Water quality protection for rivers, streams, and lakes
  4. Flood protection
  5. Wetland protection
  6. Protection of areas with steep slopes, erodible soils, and stream banks thereby reducing erosion
  7. Protection of riparian buffers (i.e., marshes) and other natural habitats and corridors
  8. Archaeological and historic resources protection on land that is primarily undeveloped or in its natural state
  9. Connection of existing or planned areas contributing to the outlined goals

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1. Who decides on what should be acquired as greenspace or greenways?
2. Is Columbia County considering interconnectivity of bike and pedestrian facilities while planning greenways and trails?
3. If my land is reclassified as permanently protected greenspace through a conservation easement, does this mean that I have to permit public access?
4. What are the benefits and downside of a conservation easement to the landowner?
5. What is a conservation easement?
6. What are greenways?
7. What is greenspace?