Meaningful Open Space: Open space which due to its size, function, visibility, accessibility and/or strategic location is a community amenity or resource. Open space which can be accessed or can be viewed by the public. Open space which serves to protect a significant ecological area. Meaningful Open Space is divided into three categories: accessible desert open space consisting of public use areas and public access areas; visual desert open space consisting of mountain and desert conservation areas, wash corridors and street setbacks, and desert character open space consisting of restored areas such as detention basins and drainage channels and improved areas such as parks and golf courses that have a desert character. (Desert Preservation Task Force definition - see Appendix D for further explanation) Natural Area Open Space: Areas of undisturbed natural desert with no man-made improvements and approved revegetated areas. Developed Open Space: landscape areas, turf areas, parks, golf courses and other recreational facilities excluding any associated buildings.
Open space includes any area that is characterized by natural scenic beauty or whose condition or quality is such that it will enhance the present or potential value of surrounding developed lands, or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources. Open space may include publicly or privately held undeveloped lands used for the preservation or protection of natural resources (stream corridors, wetlands, etc.).
Land set aside and permanently restricted for conservation, agriculture or recreation purposes by a municipality, nonprofit conservation organization or land trust, homeowners association, or person. Open Space may include woodlands, pasture, landscaped yards, gardens or play areas, golf courses, walking and riding trails, and similar areas as appropriate to the site, but shall not include structures such as tennis courts, buildings, swimming pools or other impervious areas. Open Space may be open for public use or access to such areas may be restricted. [From: www.capecodcommission.org/bylaws/feedefine.html
An area set aside or reserved for public or private use with very few improvements. Types of open space include include: Golf Courses Agricultural Land Parks Greenbelts Nature Preserves In many cases, land designated as open space lies within the 100-year flood zone, has sensitive environmental features such as wetlands or aquifer recharge features such as caves and fault lines, or has unstable slopes.
That portion of a site which generally is not covered by buildings, streets, or parking areas. Open space is intended to provide light and air; open space may be function as a buffer between land uses or for scenic, environmental, or recreational purposes.
An area of land, regardless of ownership, upon which no significant built development has taken place or from which such development has been removed, Areas of open water and woodlands are also included.
That part of the countryside which has not been developed, and which is desirable for preservation in its natural state for ecological, historical, or recreational purposes, or in its cultivated state to preserve agricultural, forest, or urban greenbelt areas.
Term applied to underdeveloped land, usually designated for parks, greenbelts, lakes, ponds, water features, golf courses, nature preserves etc. Also, any landscaped area included in any side, rear, or front yard or any unoccupied space on a lot that is open and unobstructed to the sky except for the ordinary projections of cornices, eaves, or canopies. Open space does not, however, include motorcourts, drives, and parking spaces.
Land and/or water area with its surface open to the sky and predominantly undeveloped, which is set aside to serve the purposes of providing active or passive recreational opportunities, conserving valuable natural resources, and structuring urban development and form.
This relates to “ greenspace”, consisting of any vegetated land or structure, water or geological feature in an urban area and “ civic space” consisting of urban squares, market places and other paved or hard landscape areas with a civic function. Some spaces may combine green and civic space elements and can be in either public or private ownership.
An unimproved area of land or water, or containing only such improvements as are appropriate to the use and enjoyment of the open area, and dedicated for public or private use or enjoyment or for the use and enjoyment of owners and occupants of land adjoining or neighboring such open spaces.
Land which has not had improvements such as buildings and other structures added to it. Such land is often left in a subdivision by a developer or stipulated by a local authority for recreational use or for personal use by the owner.
The total area of land and/or water not improved by a building, structure, street, road or parking area, or containing only such improvements as are complementary, necessary or appropriate to the use and enjoyment of the open area.
An area of land or water or combination thereof planned for passive or active recreation, but does not include areas utilized for streets, alleys, driveways or private roads, off-street parking or loading areas, or required front, rear or side yards.
Certain portion of the landscape which has not been built upon and which is sought either to be reserved in its natural state or used for agricultural or recreational purposes(such as parks, squares, and the like).
The Virginia Open Space Land Act defines "open-space land" as any land which is provided or preserved for (i) park or recreation purposes, (ii) conservation of land or other natural resources, (iii) historic or scenic purposes, (iv) assisting in the shaping of the character, direction, and timing of community development, or (v) wetlands as defined in §28.2-1300. [The Virginia Open Space Land Act, Va. Code Ann. §§ 10.1-1700 through -1705 (Michie 1998)