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Description

The Legacy Open Space initiative identifies open space lands that should be acquired and interpreted because of exceptional natural or cultural value to current and future generations of Montgomery County residents. The project funds acquisition, easement establishment, and make fee-simple purchases of open-space lands of countywide significance. Priorities are updated during each CIP cycle but remain flexible to allow the Montgomery County Planning Board to address development threats, opportunity acquisitions, and joint funding opportunities. The County Council encourages the Commission to seek supplemental appropriations if approved CIP funding is insufficient. Non-County funding sources are expected to contribute significantly to the Legacy Open Space program. Contributions will appear in the PDF Expenditure and Funding Schedules only if the contribution is spent by the County or M-NCPPC. Donations of land or non-County funded payments that go directly to property owners are not included. The combination of these non-County and County funds have resulted in the successful protection of over 5,300 acres of open space in the County, including over 3,800 acres of new parkland.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$100M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$12.48M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Cost Change

Beyond Six Year costs increased to maintain the historical project balance of $100 million. Reduction in FY22 Current Revenue: General from non-recommended reductions, and G.O. Bonds were reduced in FY23-25 and slipped to FY26 for fiscal capacity.
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Justification

The Vision 2030 Strategic Plan for Parks and Recreation in Montgomery County (2010) and the 2017 Park, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan recommend placing priority on conservation of natural open spaces, protection of heritage resources, providing critical urban open spaces, and expanded interpretive activities in parks. Legacy Open Space: Open Space Conservation in the 21st Century, approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board in October 1999. Legacy Open Space Functional Master Plan adopted by the County Council in July 2001.
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Fiscal Note

FY18 reduction of $100k in Current Revenue to reflect the FY18 Savings Plan. Modifications reflect Resolution 19-322 that was approved December 10, 2019 after the Department's CIP submission in November, 2019. The resolution provided a transfer of funds to the Acquisition: Non-Local Parks CIP project related to the acquisition of park land in Wheaton. Reduction in FY22 Current Revenue: General and in G.O. Bonds in FY23-25 for fiscal capacity; the G.O. Bonds were slipped to FY26.
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Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely. M-NCPPC asserts that this project conforms to the requirement of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.
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Coordination

Acquisition: Local Parks 767828, Acquisition: Non-Local Parks 998798, ALARF: M-NCPPC 727007, Bethesda Park Impact Payment PDF 872002, Restoration of Historic Structures 808494, State of Maryland
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Budget Snapshot
$100M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$12.48M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP018710
Date Last Modified05/26/21
Administering AgencyM-NCPPC
CategoryM-NCPPC
SubCategoryAcquisition
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision00000000000
Land9164569682202710979786227819001850177423918957
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction00000000000
Other835565161891500250250250250250250150
Total Expenditures100000761982216124791036252821502100202426419107
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Contributions938938000000000
Current Revenue: General11934105721321130200200250250115115100
G.O. Bonds542743456316519164436192815001500155922418896
M-NCPPC Bonds1079680674332185400400400350350285111
PAYGO1785517855000000000
POS-Stateside (M-NCPPC Only)200200000000000
Program Open Space40034003000000000
Total Funding Sources100000761982216124791036252821502100202426419107
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request1036
Year First AppropriationFY01
Appropriation FY 22 Request2528
Last FY's Cost Estimate100000
Cumulative Appropriation79450
Expenditure / Encumbrances76277
Unencumbered Balance3173