Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Open-space program extends deadline


Open-space program extends deadline

The Bucks County commissioners voted Wednesday to extend the county's municipal open space program, giving its 54 towns two more years to apply for financial assistance to preserve land.

The county's $87 million open space program was approved overwhelmingly by voters in a 2007 referendum. About $26 million was designated for municipal open space. So far, about half of the municipal money has been used, preserving nearly 3,000 acres, said Lynn Bush, executive director of the county's planning commission.

The deadline to apply for assistance was scheduled for the end of this year. But several towns told the county that the economic downturn had slowed plans to preserve land and needed more time, Bush said.

"There is no downside to extending the program," Bush said.

- Ben Finley

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