The Hatfield Township Open Space and Environmental Resource Protection Plan, adopted in 1995, served as a major resource to the subsequent preservation of land within Hatfield Township. Significant funding by Montgomery County also contributed to Hatfield Township’s success in the acquisition of more than 260 acres of land.
In 2004 and 2005, citizens, elected officials, and staff of both Hatfield Township and Hatfield Borough worked with a professional planning group to update the plan. In 2006, Montgomery County Green Futures awarded the two municipalities with an Outstanding Achievement Award for developing and adopting a collaborative open space plan.
The Open Space Plan may be reviewed in its entirety by visiting the Hatfield Township Municipal Building during normal business hours. Read the section of the plan detailing “Recommendations” online.
Hatfield Township is dedicated to the continued preservation of Open Space for many reasons, including:
Planned growth isn’t just about where you build – it’s about where you don’t. We naturally expect development and growth within the township over the coming years. The township guides new development through zoning and ordinances. In addition, the 2005 Hatfield Borough & Hatfield Township Open Space Plan provides recommendations for planned preservation.
Rain that runs off pavement carries dirt, debris, and chemicals into streams, lakes, and reservoirs – polluting our water supply. Natural areas help filter stormwater runoff, protecting the quality of our water. In addition, natural areas absorb water, reducing flood risk and increasing the local water supply.
Birds and animals need places to live, too. Preserving land ensures that our valuable wildlife has a permanent place to call home.
Hatfield Township is fortunate to have a significant amount of preserved land already. Preserving additional land will allow us to build connections from these green areas to other green areas, neighborhoods, and businesses.
Land Preservation has a number of long-term quality of life benefits. Preserved land often means less development and less traffic. These areas provide natural beauty and make roadways more scenic. Parks and paths offer places for recreation and fitness for children and adults alike.