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Frenchtown Park, Photo by Lee Whitaker
During this time the Land Trust received offers to conserve
nearly 200 acres, but the Trust at this time has insufficient funds
to preserve just one of these properties to simply try to maintain
a balance. Please support your Land Trust.
Greenwich is undeveloped woodland and farmland predominately
held in large tracts. The total undeveloped land is greater than
2,100 acres, and more than 50 percent of this acreage is
comprised of only 20 properties that are 30 acres or more in size.
It is estimated, based on current zoning, that 1,000 or more new
homes could be built on this land, forever changing the character
of East Greenwich. And given the current economics of land, it is a
certainty that over time most if not all these properties will be
developed for home sites.
intense in a state that has seen land consumption increase by
147 percent between 1961-1995 while population increased only
16 percent. According to Grow Smart RI, Rhode Islanders
developed more land (96,000 acres) in those 34 years than in the
previous 325 years. Since 1990, East Greenwich has grown at an
average of 49.1 new single family homes per year. Since January
1998 there are pending and approved 218 new single family
house lots and 129 new condominium units, assuring a steady
stream of new home development.
town services used by new residential development cost more than the tax revenue generated by that land use, and found that open
space contributes revenue to towns. Therefore, the conversion of forests and farmlands into new residential subdivisions often
results in tax increases to residential property owners.
PROPERTY VALUE: The positive impacts of open space on residential property values have been documented in many studies.
Homes that are located adjacent to permanently protected forests, meadows, and farms tend to appreciate in value faster than
homes in conventional subdivisions that contain little or no protected open lands.
ECOLOGY: The undeveloped areas in East Greenwich provide wetland and dry land habitat for many plant and animal species. While
not all undeveloped land can or should be preserved in its natural condition, it is important not to disrupt the ability of wildlife to thrive.
By linking the Land Trust properties through “greenway” corridors, consisting of wetlands, water bodies, and dry upland habitat, the
Town will be able to protect substantial amounts of wildlife habitat.
water flowing into lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Natural areas also slow the velocity of the storm water, thereby allowing it to
more easily infiltrate the soil and recharge the groundwater that is used as drinking water in many areas, including East Greenwich.
RECREATION: Protected undeveloped lands offer opportunities for hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and general enjoyment
of the outdoors. East Greenwich is in the process of developing a greenway for open space and recreation in an effort to expand
these opportunities in town.