Open Space Preservation

Office of Open Space
Paul Clark
Chief Operating Officer - Special Projects/Open Space
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Maintaining a balance between open space and development has long been a priority in Middlesex County. The MCIA conducts legal and technical due diligence for the Middlesex County Open Space Trust Fund and negotiates the purchase of key parcels of land.

The Trust Fund is supported by a special tax levy of three cents per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation, approved by Middlesex County voters in 1995 and 2001. The levy pays the debt service on revenue bonds issued by the MCIA, which finance the acquisition of various parcels of land to ensure that many of the county’s undeveloped areas remain untouched forever.

Since the program began, more than 7,500 acres (acquisitions and properties under contract) have been saved from development. Some acquisitions include:


A Quarterly Newsletter of the Open Space Program