the village was incorporated in 1941, community leaders
sought to preserve the rural quality. The Village
charter states: "It is the purpose and intent
of the people of Indian Hill that the character and
uses of the area within the Village may not be changed,
and it shall continue to be a rural neighborhood." At
that time, former Village solicitor Paul Steer and
former Mayor Stanley Rowe initiated a program to
acquire property for permanent preservation. The
first green area concept was envisioned as a ring
of green surrounding the "hill" from which
the Village derived its name.
Julius Fleischmann made the first gift of land to
the Village in 1946. That gift consisted of 38 acres.
Over the next few years, the green belt concept evolved
into a vision of green areas. In order to formalize
the commitment to conservation, a Forest Preserve
and Greenbelt Areas Committee was established in
1954. In 1962 former Mayor Robert Black appointed
a committee to administer the lands and renamed the
group the Green Areas Advisory Committee. His wife
Helen C. Black worked diligently persuading residents
to donate parcels to the Green Areas for many years.
The Green Areas
Advisory Committee is not a separate entity nor does
it have any legally binding authority
or powers. It is simply an advisory committee to
the Village Council that makes recommendations to
the Council for action. All land gifted to the Village
is held in and governed by the terms of a land trust
known as the Green Areas Trust established by the
The Green Areas Advisory
Committee is made up of a chairperson and no more
than 17 members. A nominating
committee recruits members for approval by and appointment
by the Mayor. Each member may serve up to two consecutive
Subcommittees and task forces are created
as needed. Currently, the following subcommittees
are in place:
Education, Acquisitions, Riding
Trails and Stewardship.
The Green Areas Advisory
Committee proactively solicits donations of land
and contributions to its endowment
fund. Before accepting gifts of land, the Green Areas
Advisory Committee determines whether the gift is
acceptable. It offers surveying and deed service
The Green Areas Advisory Committee believes that
educating the public about the value of maintaining
open space and natural areas is critical. Several
years ago the Green Areas Advisory Committee developed
an education/marketing piece for all residents.
The Green Area Advisory Committee publishes articles
in the Bulletin, offers education programs, works
with the Service Department, reports on the bridle
trails, and recognizes donors.
The goal of the committee has
been since the beginning to preserve open space and
the natural landscape of Indian Hill. The basic functions
of the Green Areas Advisory Committee are educating
the public, offering advice and land acquisition.
Gifting Land Presentation
Green Areas Advisory
Nearly one-fourth of the Village's
19.5 square miles is permanently protected as a part
of the Green Areas Trust and the Greenacres Foundation.
Together, the Green Areas Advisory Committee and
the Greenacres Foundation protect nearly 3000 acres.