The first Greenbelt Plan was adopted by the Town of Cape Elizabeth in 1977 and has become and integreal component of the community's character and commitment to the preservation of open space.
The Town's most recent Greenbelt Plan defines the greenbelt trail as a blazed or trodden path, located in a natural area, of minimum sufficient width to be passable by a single individual, but may also include improved facilities such as bridges and boardwalks and, in more developed areas, sidewalks.
The vision of the Greenbelt Plan is to establish a town-wide network of greenbelt trails by connecting the Town Center to important open spaces currently owned or to be acquired, and all neighborhoods, through a hub-and-spoke system.
The Conservation Commission is working on a 2013 update to the current Greenbelt Plan
as of August 2011