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Recreation Guidelines

Recreation Guidelines were adopted by the Planning Board in 1992 to help determine whether recreational facilities provided for private residential developments are adequate, safe and efficient for suburban neighborhoods. Today, changing demographics in the County and concentration of development in urban centers point to the need for updated Recreation Guidelines that are responsive to these shifts and the County’s new Zoning Ordinance, enacted in October 2014.

Purpose of the Guidelines

Planners are updating the Recreation Guidelines, studying new styles of recreation facilities for all types of neighborhoods and looking for effective recreation opportunities for all age groups, particularly for teenagers. The planning effort will examine the creation of effective regulations for urban recreation associated with private development in its attention to building form and open space. The new Guidelines point to a vision that promises to join new and existing facilities within a composite system that embraces both private and public realms and operates as a web-based interactive tool. View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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News and Events

General Schedule

  • The Planning Board work session for the Recreation Guidelines is scheduled for July 2016.

  • Planning Board Work Sessions will include detailed presentations along with review and discussion of policy issues.

Staff contact

Mary Beth O’Quinn

Last updated: September 8, 2016