Conservation and Open Space Chapter

The City of Dover recognizes the importance of preserving and stewarding its natural resources, and enhancing the quality of life for its residents through thoughtful conservation and open space planning.  The current Conservation and Open Space Chapter of the Master Plan was adopted by the Planning Board in 2012 and has served the community well.

The City of Dover is now working to update the chapter in 2024. The new Chapter will reflect the City’s evolving land protection and resilience priorities, and will incorporate best practices in open space and natural resource management. The purpose of this project is to ensure that the City's vision for conservation and open space is aligned with current environmental and community needs.

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The 2012 Conservation and Open Space Chapter, along with a Conservation Land Inventory Summary, can be found be reviewed here:

Conservation and Open Space Chapter (2012)
Conservation Land Inventory Summary (2011)

The City's consultant partner for this project, Resilience Planning & Design, will be assisting the project Steering Committee and City staff over the coming months as they share new information and engage with community members during this conservation and open space planning process. Check back here to learn more and provide your feedback, or contact Erin Bassegio at or Jackson Kaspari at for more information.