Environment • Open Space

Milford Township has an extensive program devoted to purchasing and protecting open land in the Township. The Township owns and maintains these properties.

In 1992 the Milford Township Board of Supervisors adopted the Quakertown Area Comprehensive Plan. The plan was written by the Quakertown Area Planning Committee, which is comprised of the six municipalities in the Quakertown School District, and the school district. The QAPC has maintained an active planning program since its inception in 1972. As a multi-municipal comprehensive plan, it is able to blend the characteristics, needs, obligations and interests of the six municipalities with the broader issues and implications of the area.

In addition to having a land-use planning category for concentrated areas of natural resources, the Quakertown Area Comprehensive Plan outlines a program for the protection of natural features. The plan also states the township's position on protecting natural resources: "To protect the people's right to clean air, pure water and the other natural and historic resources of our environment and to guarantee a quality environment for present and future residents of the Quakertown Area."

1. Protect specific natural features of the landscape through natural resource standards incorporated in zoning and subdivision/land development ordinances.
2. Conserve the Quakertown area's groundwater supply through sewage facilities planning, water resource planning, effective stormwater management, enforcement of sound development standards and promotion of proper site design.
3. Require evaluation of the environmental impacts of certain planning, zoning and development decisions and to minimize adverse environmental impacts through sound design and proper planning.
4. Ensure proper collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater and to remedy conditions where pollution exists. Water supplies must be husbanded and protected from contamination and depletion. To achieve this, water that eventually becomes effluent should be used when feasible, to recharge the groundwater resources.
5. Require useable open space in intensive residential developments that is adaptable for active or passive recreation.
6. Support state and federal programs that result in the continuation of open space in the municipalities.
7. Support efforts that will protect and enhance historic structures and areas of the Quakertown area.
8. Protect the character and enhance the quality of the Quakertown area's villages through appropriate land planning techniques and ordinance standards.
9. Foster state and national registration of structures and sites that are of historic significance and protect by similar means the immediate area surrounding these landmarks

Open Space Document