The Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee (OSAPAC) is an 11-member citizen group appointed by the Board of Commissioners to advise it on open space preservation issues. The group was first appointed in 1997 as the Open Space Task Force.
Meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wake County Office Park in the Library Administration Building, Room 102; however, please confirm the meeting time and location with the program office.
Roles and Responsibilities
OSAPAC was originally established to:
- Develop a clear understanding of the importance of maintaining open space resources in order to define a vision for the role of open space in Wake County
- Identify specific types of open space to be included in Wake County's open space program
- Develop criteria for identifying and prioritizing open spaces to be acquired and/or maintained
- Identify options for the acquisition and conservation of these open spaces
- Propose incentive methods to encourage property owners to conserve open space resources
- Propose funding mechanisms for acquiring appropriate public interest in open space resources
- Build support with community organizations for an open space preservation program
- Ensure that action is taken on the recommendations of the Committee.
Currently, the major roles of the OSAPAC include reviewing Partnership Grant Program applications, approving allocation and use of bond referendum funds, developing strategies to pursue a permanent funding source, and continuing to work with the Board of Commissioners and County staff to implement the Consolidated Open Space Plan.
Robert Hinson (Chair)
George Hess (Vice Chair)