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Conservation Commission
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Chairman
Linda Babcock
Secretary
Address:
Town Offices, 141 Main Street
P.O. Box 447
Haydenville, MA 01039
Phone:
413-268-8416
Fax:
Alternate Phone:
Alternate Phone:
Hours:
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Town Hall Planning Rm 202

PLEASE CONTACT A BOARD MEMBER PRIOR TO FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION SO THEY MAY ASSIST YOU IN THE PROPER PROCESS OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
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Members
Name
Term Expires
Phone
Robert Stinson-Chair
2016
413-268-3594
Joseph Rogers
2016
413-218-2959
C. Todd Lynch
2015
413-268-2688
Gerry Mann
2014
413-268-9049
Marcianna Caplis
 
413-268-0199
Duties & Responsibilities

The Conservation Commission is responsible for protecting Williamsburg's natural resources. The Conservation Commission administers and enforces the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act.  These laws protect ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, vernal pools, and other sensitive environmental resources.  Projects near these resources require review and approval by the Commission.  

The Conservation Commission administers and enforces state wetlands regulations and works to protect the town’s natural resources.

With few exceptions, the Commission meets the second and Fourth Thursday of each month in the Planning Room of the town offices.  Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.  Office hours Wednesdays 10:00 -12:00.

Any alteration of wetlands, buffer zones or riverfront areas should be described in a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA) and submitted to the Conservation Commission.  In certain cases, a Notice of Intent (NOI) may be required.   The applicant is responsible for the cost of posting the notice of public hearing concerning the RDA or NOI.  The Commission Secretary will arrange for the public notice and a bill from the local newspaper will be sent directly to the applicant.  Submittals should be made at least two weeks prior to a target meeting date.

The Request for Determination of Applicability (WPA Form 1) may be obtained from the Commission Secretary or from the MA. DEP website:

Building permit applicants are advised that any projects within wetland buffer zones or within 200 feet of a perennial stream or river must be approved by the Williamsburg Conservation Commission.  

The granting of a building permit does not confer or imply any approval with respect to wetland regulations.

If there is a possibility that the project is within these jurisdictional areas, it is the responsibility of the applicant to file a Request for Determination of Applicability (WPA- Form 1) with the Conservation Commission.  

The applicant is responsible for sending a copy of the RDA to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection office in Springfield.   Click here for the form.

To facilitate scheduling, applicants are requested to EMAIL the completed WORD version of the form or scan/email the filled out PDF version to the Commission Chair.  see link above.



 
Town of WIlliamsburg 141 Main St., P.O. Box 447, Haydenville, MA 01039-0447 PH: (413) 268-8400 Fax: (413) 268-8409