The Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan for Parks and Mixed Use and Higher Density Areas is a plan that identifies areas with a high need for parks and open spaces. The plan makes recommendations for opportunities to increase the amount of parks and open spaces in those communities.
According to the draft plan, the growth forecast for the county (2010-2045) shows the highest levels of growth concentrated along I-270 in an area representing only 14% of the County’s land but 72% of the populations and 82% of employment. This concentration of population creates increasing and unique needs for certain public amenities including parks and open space.
According to the text in the plan “With the increase in density in the growing areas of the County, public parks and open space have become essential to creating livable and healthy communities. The recent trend in real estate development in these areas is to replace lower density residential or commercial development with higher density residential and mixed use buildings where