The Conservation Commission administers its duties in accordance with the Conservation Commission Act (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8C). The Commission also administers the state Wetland Protection Act (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Section 40), and the Wetland Protection Act Regulations (310 CMR 10). The most recent version of the state regulations contain approximately 110 pages that the Commission and staff must interpret when applications are filed. The Conservation Commission also passed a local Wetlands Bylaw in 2008 and supporting Regulations in 2010, with revisions through May 8, 2012.
Under state and local statutes, individuals performing work within certain setbacks to wetland resource areas must file with the Commission through a public hearing. The Commission comments on the applications and a decision must be written in accordance with both state and local statutes.
This commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the Select Board for three year terms.