Conservation Commission

 

SPECIAL MEETING:
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The Conway Conservation Commission (ConCom) works with the community to protect wetlands, preserve open space, and bring an environmental perspective to the ongoing dialogue about quality of life issues in Conway. As the local representative of the state Department of Environmental Protection, we are also charged with the implementation of the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), which includes the Rivers Protection Act. The goal of these laws is to protect and enhance the health of Conway’s and the Commonwealth’s abundant, yet fragile natural resources and ecosystems.

It is our responsibility to advise landowners and homeowners whether the requirements of the Act apply to their projects and to work with them to balance their needs and rights with those of the WPA. At first, this may seem to be contradictory, but one simple truth remains — when we respect our environment and work with it, rather than trying to control or ignore it, the end result is a “win-win” situation for both the landowner and the environment.

Members

  • John Gates, Chair
  • Bruton Strange
  • Kathy Goodfield
  • Marcelle Morgan
  • Dean Scudder

Contact

John Gates, Chair: 413-772-9287

Hours

  • Regular meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall. Additional meetings are on held on an as-needed basis.

The Conway Conservation Commission (ConCom) works with the community to protect wetlands, preserve open space, and bring an environmental perspective to the ongoing dialogue about quality of life issues in Conway. As the local representative of the state Department of Environmental Protection, we are also charged with the implementation of the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), which includes the Rivers Protection Act. The goal of these laws is to protect and enhance the health of Conway’s and the Commonwealth’s abundant, yet fragile natural resources and ecosystems.

When to contact the ConCom
To avoid confusion and possible delays, we urge people planning to build on or develop their land to contact the ConCom as early as possible in the process. We will work with you to determine whether ConCom review and approval are required.

When a project may affect a wetland, stream or river, so called “resource areas,” applicants are required to file either a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA) or a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the Commission before work can proceed. Details on both are found in the Commission’s “Policies & Procedures” (see link below).

The Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program now requires that conservation commissions sign off on all building permit applications for projects that require any excavation, whether it be a full cellar or a single concrete pier.  It is our policy to go out to the site to assess the situation. If there is any question whatsoever whether a resource area or buffer zone may be near the proposed work, we will request that the applicant file a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA). Again, early contact with the ConCom can help you avoid delays for your project

If you have any questions, please contact John Gates, Chair, Conway Conservation Commission at (413)772-9287.

The Conway Conservation Commission Policies and Procedures

Please download the Conservation Commission Policies and Procedures by clicking here.

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