Jupiter Open Space Program
Importance of Preserving Open Space
Jupiter is a relatively small place, just 22 square miles, and it is approaching build out. It is also a community that values its environmental heritage. This is why the town, with over 400 acres of preserve land already in public ownership and an additional 800 acres of town and county parks, recognized that there remained rare, sensitive natural habitat and opportunities to link existing green and blue spaces that it wanted to protect from development. Through partnerships with other agencies, such as Palm Beach County, acquisition dollars have been extended and land management responsibilities shared. For more information, view the Open Space Map.
Jupiter Open Space Program Acquisition Criteria
One of the first steps in the selection of potential project sites is the evaluation of the property using a set of nine questions. A property receiving four positive responses qualifies for further analysis.
- Is the parcel an "environmentally sensitive: area as defined by the Town's Comprehensive Plan (Policy 1.1.2 of the Conservation Element)?
- Does the parcel have unique natural features (e.g., waterway frontage)?
- Is this project eligible for a county, state, federal or private grant program that would fund purchase the land or project improvements?
- Is the property adjacent to a park, waterway, greenway or other open space?
- Does the parcel allow for open space in a area of the town in which there is limited or no open space?
- Based on its scenic qualities, size, historic and cultural values, and habitats suitable for native wildlife, does the property have potential for development as a natural area, greenway / blueway connection, or open space conservation?
- Could development of this property have a significant level of service impact on town roadways?
- In terms of traffic, will there be level of service concerns in the area of this property at build out?
- Does the parcel provide public access to areas that have been difficult to visit?