Protecting Open Space

Protecting Open Space

Jim Havens expanded and led a process to acquire open space in Granville to protect its borders from encroaching development.

A year after a law was passed in 1997, Granville Township became the first in Ohio to create a tax-supported Open Space program.

Utilizing a modest tax levy, the township has now protected nearly 2,000 acres. Those acquisitions have preserved vital urban spaces such as the Granville Golf Course and Bryn Du Mansion acreage.

Other open space acquisitions have created annexation buffers by preserving expansive agricultural farms and protecting the community, as a whole, from encroaching development.

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