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The purpose of this designation is to preserve and enhance as open space environmental resources and amenities in order to retain the sense of place. Open Space areas include environmentally sensitive areas.

The following general criteria shall govern the development in this designation:

1. Areas will be designated Open Space only when the property owners agree to donate, sell or provide appropriate open space or conservation easements to the City. No properties will be changed to Open Space unless the property owner voluntarily agrees to the designation.

2. The City may attempt to buy, trade, or exchange surplus City-owned property resources for Open Space property.

3. Lands designated as Open Space will not be developed, although extensive recreational activities are allowed.

4. Open Space areas could include stream corridors and wildlife habitat.

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