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Easton Conservation Commission

 

2011-11-07 12.05.24              

2019 Conservation Commission Meeting Schedule with filing deadlines


Structural repairs caused by the recent storm and removal of felled trees from properties adjacent to conservation lands and within wetland resource areas will be allowed by the Conservation Commission without the need for a permit until April 6, 2018. Notify Andrea Langhauser of your needed storm repair so she can inspect the property and determine if project is eligible. For more information on type of pre-approved projects and process to follow, please read the Emergency Certification.
 
Conservation Commission approved regulation amendments at meeting on March 5, 2018 @ to allow an applicant to request a waiver when a project is located in rare species habitat, and to correct clerical errors. For more information, read summary document and proposed amendments.

524 Depot Street Master Plan Development Team 
- click here for more information

The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife issued the 15th edition of the Priority Habitat Map on August 1, 2017.


What are wetlands anyway?
click here to find out why wetlands are important and why they need the level of protection afforded by law and regulation.

















Members:
 Name     Position               Term Ends:            
 Stefan Cautino  Chair  June 30, 2021
 Daniel Farren  Member  June 30, 2019
 Michael Goodman  Vice-chair  June 30, 2019
 William Humphrey             Member  June 30, 2020
 Rory Kallfelz  Member  June 30, 2020
      
Thanks go out to Timothy McCaul and Mark Hannigan for their years of dedicated service.

Associate Members
:
Christopher Patrick 
 Jonathan Chace

Staff:

Andrea Langhauser, Assistant Planning Director / Environmental Planner 

Patricia Howe DiRenzo, Principal Clerk


Projects permitted by or currently being reviewed by the Conservation Commission may be viewed online by clicking here.  Remember to turn off your pop-up blocker to view documents attached to the projects.

For detailed information on how to file and what happens during the hearing process, go to our Applications page or our Meetings and Public Hearings page.

 

Conservation commissions were established in 1957 under Massachusetts General Law which gave the cities and towns the authority to promote, develop and protect natural resources, including wetlands. An integral part of the Easton’s Department of Planning & Economic Development, the Conservation Commission administers and enforces state laws and town bylaws affecting wetland resources. The Commission owns and manages over 3,000 acres of open space in Easton and works with individuals and groups concerned with natural resource protection.

For information and locations of Easton's Conservation Land, click here.

Under Massachusetts law (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 131 Section 40), and Chapter 227 of the Easton Bylaws, the Commission has jurisdiction over activities which will alter wetlands and/or the buffer zone extending from wetland resources, as defined by these regulations. If you are planning a construction project, landscaping, earth removal or grading on your property, you should contact the Commission to determine if you need a permit from the Conservation Commission. 

 


Poquanticut Ave

When do I contact the Conservation Commission?
Activities in a wetland or buffer zone that need prior Town approval

Expanding an existing building or parking lot;
Constructing new building, parking, signs, or other structures;
Clearing, grading, or otherwise altering the land; and
Building dams or drainage ditches.


Activities in a wetland or buffer zone that do not require prior Town approval
Some maintenance activities near wetland resource areas do not require prior Conservation Commission approval.

Mowing a lawn; pruning and maintaining existing landscaping; and
cleaning out storm water drainage facilities.

wheaton farm barn - invitation to bid
The Conservation Commission is accepting bids for repairs to the historic Wheaton Farm Barn at 520 Bay Road. 

Work will include: install pressure treated sills around the exterior; remove and replace rot at the bottoms of columns and create footings; remove some and reinforce other existing loft beams; rebuild stairs to loft; install barn door (as built by Owner); and other items, as detailed in Final Plans & Specifications by PARE Corporation dated May 31 2018.  The on-site pre-bid meeting was held at 3:30 PM on Wednesday November 7 2018. Click here for answers to the questions asked.  Bids are due by 10:00 AM November 16 2018.  Click here for the full Invitation to Bid, or pick up or request a copy from the Easton Planning Department at 136 Elm Street Easton MA during Town Hall business hours.