Massachusetts State Website shows Cawley Land Protection


If you go to the State Website MassGIS Data – Protected and Recreational OpenSpace you can with a few inquiries find their very own GIS”s online mapping tool that shows what land anywhere in the state has these type of protections.

Actually you can find many things with these maps but I found the above map in about 10 minutes, so if a lowly blogger can do this, where was the Project Manager’s , Law Dept. or Architects?

This is what is FRUSTRATING ME! If I can find this without much effort, why can’t people who work for the city?

It does leave open the questions “Was this information purposely kept from the Project Managers? Was is purposely kept from the building committee? and if so why?

If you look at this page main MassGIS Data – Protected and Recreational OpenSpace and scroll down a little you can find some definitions to what the protections mean.

Definitions of “Level of Protection”

In Perpetuity (P)- Legally protected in perpetuity and recorded as such in a deed or other official document. Land is considered protected in perpetuity if it is owned by the town’s conservation commission or, sometimes, by the water department; if a town has a conservation restriction on the property in perpetuity; if it is owned by one of the state’s conservation agencies (thereby covered by article 97); if it is owned by a non-profit land trust; or if the town received federal or state assistance for the purchase or improvement of the property.

Private land is considered protected if it has a deed restriction in perpetuity, if an Agriculture Preservation Restriction has been placed on it, or a Conservation Restriction has been placed on it.

Temporary (T) – Legally protected for less than perpetuity (e.g. short term conservation restriction), or temporarily protected through an existing functional use. For example, some water district lands are only temporarily protected while water resource protection is their primary use.

These lands could be developed for other uses at the end of their temporary protection or when their functional use is no longer necessary. These lands will revert to unprotected status at a given date unless protection status is extended.

Limited (L) – Protected by legal mechanisms other than those above, or protected through functional or traditional use.

These lands might be protected by a requirement of a majority municipal vote for any change in status. This designation also includes lands that are likely to remain open space for other reasons (e.g. cemeteries and municipal golf courses).

None (N) – Totally unprotected by any legal or functional means. This land is usually privately owned and could be sold without restriction at any time for another use (e.g. scout camps, private golf course, and private woodland).

Where the level of protection is unknown, a polygon will be coded as X for this field.

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