Monday, June 04, 2001

Colerain backs conservation

Owners can pledge to stay 'green'

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Property owners who want to preserve green space will soon get recognized through a voluntary conservation program sponsored by the township's Greenspace Committee.

        To be eligible, an owner must pledge that he will not develop a piece of ground — five acres or larger — for a minimum of five years from entering the program.

        Placement of some structures for personal use is allowed. Land pledgedmust be that which legally could be subdivided, said Jim Rahtz, a member of the committee.

        “When it comes to land preservation we want people to think globally but act lo cally,” Mr. Rahtz said. “At the end of the five-year commitment, we'll ask people to commit again, maybe permanently.”

        The program is strictly voluntary with no legal repercussions if land is withdrawn early, Mr. Rahtz said.

        Trustee Joseph Wolterman said he favors the program but questioned why the commitment was for just five years, noting if often takes five years for a large project to be developed.

        “We wanted to make it easy to get started,” Mr. Rahtz said.

        Anyone interested in participating can pick up an application form at the administrative offices, 4300 Springdale Road.


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