The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to develop, conserve, supervise, and regulate the Town's natural resources, and develop, coordinate, study and promote matters of environmental protection, as assigned or requested by the Town Council, or as authorized by local ordinances or State Statutes. Land or easements may be acquired by the Commission in the name of the Town. The Commission studies and make recommendations on all matters pertaining to water supply and water pollution; and reviews and make recommendations to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission regarding proposals for subdivisions and special permits. The Town Council is advised by the Conservation Commission and is provided with recommendations for zone change applications and Environmental Impact Statements.
Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Agency (IWWA)
The IWWA, while comprised of the same seven (7) members of the Conservation Commission, operates as a separate and distinct body. The IWWA reviews and grants wetlands permits and makes declaratory rulings regarding development activities within a designated wetlands/watercourse or within a one hundred (100) foot buffer zone of the wetlands/watercourse. Staff, certified by the State Department of Environmental Protection, can issue wetlands permits (wetlands agent approvals) administratively for minor activity with the one hundred (100) foot buffer zone only.
Meetings are held on Thursdays at 7:30 PM at Town Hall. Please check the calendar for specific meeting dates.
For further information please contact the Office of Community Development.