The General Assembly finds that the rapid growth and spread of urban development in
the State is encroaching upon, or eliminating, many open areas and spaces of varied
size and character, including many having significant scenic or esthetic values, which
areas and spaces if preserved and maintained in their present open state would constitute
important physical, social, esthetic, or economic assets to existing and impending
urban development. The General Assembly declares that it is necessary for sound and proper urban development
and in the public interest of the people of this State for any county or city to expend
or advance public funds for, or to accept by purchase, gift, grant, devise, lease,
or otherwise, the fee or any lesser interest or right in real property so as to acquire,
maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of, or otherwise conserve open spaces
and areas within their respective jurisdictions as defined by this Article.
The General Assembly declares that the acquisition of interests or rights in real
property for the preservation of open spaces and areas constitutes a public purpose
for which public funds may be expended or advanced.
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