WILLIAMSTOWN -- The town's open space and recreation plan will be updated by a group of Williams College students.
Four students in Environmental Studies Professor Sarah Gardner's Environmental Planning class will update the plan for the town's Spruces Land Use Committee.
The students have worked with committee member Elizabeth Bartel and Conservation Commission member Henry Art to develop a survey for residents, Gardner said at last Thursday night's Conservation Commission meeting.
"Our plan for this is to mail it to 20 percent of households through randomized sample of town census, which will not include Williams College students," she said. "We hope to get a 10 percent response rate."The most recent plan the town utilizes was adopted in the late 1990s.
A plan created by two college students was approved by the commission in the mid 2000s, but was never officially adopted by Selectmen.
The state recommends a town's plan be revamped every 10 years.
The students have worked with the Spruces committee because of the 114-acre mobile home park's future potential for open space, Gardner said.
Under the $6.13 million Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation grant the town received in March, the town will need to relocate residents of the flood-prone park.
A conservation restriction must then be placed on the land.
-- Edward Damon