Inviting public commentsPlease email comments on the Draft Town of Bethlehem Open Space Plan: Conservation Criteria Implementation to OpenSpace@townofbethlehem.org or call 518-439-4955 x 1106 by Friday, December 1st. The final plan, incorporating the comments received, will be presented at the December 13th Town Board meeting. As Bethlehem continues to grow and develop, it’s important to meet that growth with a strong understanding of our remaining open and natural spaces so that we are best able to wisely shape and balance the community as it inevitably changes. If you live, work, or play in Bethlehem, you have a stake in how the community grows and changes – please join the open space conservation discussion!
Conservation Easement Exemption Program for Bethlehem Landowners with 5 or more acres of open space
This summer, residents were asked to participate in a Scenic Bethlehem Photo Survey and we received over 300 photos of scenic and open places in town that are special to residents; examples may be viewed in the Scenic Bethlehem Photo Survey 2017 album on the town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BethlehemNY/. These photos will be mapped as part of the town’s ongoing Open Space Planning efforts. Thank you to all who participated.
The town has mapped a sample of the photos received through this public project. Click on the image on the right to view the general "scenic views" locations, as suggested by participants and sample photos.
Public Participation Dates for open space planning – we are looking for your input!
|On August 10th, 2017, fourteen kayak and river enthusiasts paddled with Town Board member and ecologist, David VanLuven, on Bethlehem’s Vlomankill and the Hudson River to learn more about the waters and wildlife in our town, and how this relates to current open space planning. We had a beautiful night and saw a bald eagle, a green heron, an osprey and the waterfall on the Vlomankill. This free public event was very popular, so look for this to be a continuing environmental education activity in the future.|
Recent Town documents regarding open space planning
Earlier Town documents and efforts
Examples of Open Space Plans
How can I enjoy Bethlehem’s open spaces and get involved?