Open Space Plan

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission (NWARPC) began work on the Northwest Arkansas Regional Open Space Plan in late 2014, and led a public process to develop the plan throughout 2015. This plan identifies the natural landscapes and open spaces that make Northwest Arkansas an attractive place to live, and includes a comprehensive strategy for the conservation of these natural assets.

Though focused on conservation, this plan is consistent with the regional goal of continued growth and development. Landowner participation in conservation programs is encouraged, but strictly voluntary. To this end, the plan features a ‘toolbox’ of strategies that landowners, developers, and governments can draw upon to balance regionally important goals of land conservation and development.