The two Green Districts are meant to accommodate permanently protected park and conservation lands, whether publicly owned by a federal, state or town agency, or privately owned by a land trust or other such non-profit, through easements from conservation developments, or any other such deed restriction. Most uses are prohibited in these districts, but some limited building is allowed, supportive of the primary uses of conservation or recreation. However, while certain uses are allowed under these zoning districts, such zoning will not supersede any use restrictions stipulated in state or federal law, conservation easements, or any other legally binding lien or condition in a property’s deed.
Green, Recreation (GR)
The GR district is meant to accommodate active recreation and limited supporting operations, such as playgrounds, ball fields, interpretive or nature centers, community gardens, outdoor amphitheaters, and perhaps small scale refreshment vending. Lots in this district typically have an ownership structure or deed restriction that provides for long-term preservation of public recreational uses.
Green, Conservation (GC)
The GC district is meant to accommodate conservation land for sensitive environmental resources and limited recreation opportunities, such as hiking, walking trails, boating, bird watching, and the like. All parcels in this district must have an ownership structure or deed restriction that provides for long-term preservation of open space. Public access to these parcels may be prohibited or limited, in order to protect their natural resources.