Subdivisions have changed the character of many small towns, and we sought to create balance between open space and the need for new homes. This balance can be found in the area of policy. In 1976 the Town had approved a General Plan that specified certain lands for public acquisition. However, we learned there was no mechanism to implement those goals. By 1987 the committee had spent hundreds of hours to create a detailed Open Space Master Plan for San Anselmo and the vicinity. Shortly thereafter, that work was folded into the updated Open Space Element of the San Anselmo General Plan. The Town Council and Planning Commission rely on this important document to formulate decisions about the long-term character of San Anselmo and its charm.