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Conservation Commission
Contact TypeContact Information
Conservation Administrative Assistant
Land Use Office, 2nd Floor
272 Main Street
Townsend, MA 01469
978-597-1700 ext. 1740
1st and 3rd Wed 7:30 pm Selectmen's Chambers. Hearings on the agenda are by appointment only
Tue-Thr 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Hours vary with site visits and inspections
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Members (7 Members, three year terms each, staggered so that the terms of as nearly an equal number of members shall expire each year) Appointed By: Board of Selectmen.
Term Expiration
James Deroian
Michael Turgeon
John Hussey
Karen Hill
James Le Cuyre
Christine Vitale
Description of Services
The Conservation Commission is responsible for enforcement of the Mass. Wetlands Protection Act, the Townsend General Wetlands Bylaws, and the Squannacook & Nissitissit Act of 1975. Other services include review of lands coming out of Chapter 61, management of Old Meetinghouse Park and other conservation land, and general promotion of conservation activities within the town.

Townsend is home to the Squannassit Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and has significant conservation land that provides for excellent wildlife habitat and many recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help clean-up the Squannacook!

The Townsend Conservation Commission will be updating the Townsend Wetland Bylaw.  Discussion will be conducted at the Con Com meetings.  The public is encouraged to attend and offer any input.  We will be working on TWB 150-2 K.    

K.~The following information is to be shown on plans unless deemed unnecessary or waived by the Townsend Conservation Commission:
(1)~Two-foot-interval contours based on mean sea level (NGVD).
(2)~One-hundred-year flood elevations.
(3)~Work limits.
(4)~High water mark for all water bodies from best available data or observation with source noted.
(5)~All aboveground structures, roadways, accessways and other visible physical alterations proposed.
(6)~All below-ground alterations and structures, including utility lines, drainage structures, on-site septic systems, wells and storage tanks.
(7)~Vegetated buffer of naturally occurring plant material: minimum 35 feet wide along all wetlands and water bodies.
(8)~Location of temporary and permanent erosion control.
(9)~For any project other than alterations to, or associated with, those for a single residential lot, the drainage basin in which the site is located shall be delineated on the locus plan, as well as any municipal water supply within that drainage basin.
(10)~All wetlands, water bodies, ditches capable of carrying water and water supply within that drainage basin.
(11)~Calculations shall be supplied for ten- and one-hundred-year interval storms. Methodology and information sources shall be supplied. Calculations should show predevelopment conditions and post-development conditions for comparative purposes.

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