Conservation Commission

The Shutesbury Conservation Commission is a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting the community's natural resources and open space.

The Commission is responsible for administering:

  • Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch 131 §40)
  • Massachusetts WPA Regulations (310 CMR 10.00)
  • Shutesbury General Wetlands Protection Bylaw, and the Regulations that accompany it.

Meeting Schedule

From November through February, the Conservation Commission holds public meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm in Town Hall.

From March through October, Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm in Town Hall.

NOTE: Our meetings are currently held virtually on ZOOM.  Links to ZOOM meetings can be found on the Shutesbury Calendar page: https://www.shutesbury.org/calendars.  Click on the meeting within the calendar and you will see the agenda and a link to the meeting.

Special meetings will be posted at Town Hall.

Site visits are normally scheduled to occur prior to public meetings.

Shutesbury Wetlands Brochure

Do you know what activities require contacting the Conservation Commission?  Do you know what activities are allowed and what are prohibited in a wetlands resource area or its buffer zone?

Read our Shutesbury Wetlands Brochure for a summary.

Contact the Shutesbury Conservation Commission with questions about any proposed project near a wetlands:

  • Visit Town Hall or call 259-3792 during office hours of the Conservation Commission Clerk, Linda Avis Scott (Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 12noon).
  • Attend one of the Commission meetings.
  • Leave a message at 413-259-3792.

In emergency situations:

  • If you observe a violation on a site with a posted DEP number, call the Conservation Commission.
  • If you observe a violation of Town regulations (such as dumping on a roadway), call the Shutesbury police at 413-259-1279.
  • If you observe a violation of Wetlands regulations (such as destroying a beaver dam), call the Environmental Police Emergency Dispatch at 1-800-632-8075.

CURRENT PROJECTS BEFORE THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Baker Road Paving RDA

Public Hearing scheduled for 7:05 pm, Thursday September 24

Baker Road RDA

Baker Road Site Plan

26 Lake Drive Cottage Tear Down and Replacement NOI

Public Hearing scheduled for 7:15 pm, Thursday September 24

26 Lake Drive NOI

26 Lake Drive Site Plan

26 Lake Drive Narrative

Sawmill River Culvert Replacement NOI

Public Hearing was opened at 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 27 has been continued to Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 pm.

Below is the link to the Notice of Intent (over 200 pages):

https://share.nitscheng.com/?ShareToken=84E316A681892A330E614FE4FB304847048B5B47

ANRADs on Baker Rd, Carver Rd, Pratt Corner East and Pratt Corner West

Updated 9.10.20

In early January 2020, TRC submitted Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) for four Cowls owned parcels to the Shutesbury Conservation Committee.  The parcels are located on Baker Road, Carver Road and two on Pratt Corner Road.  At the initial public hearings on January 9, 2020, the Commission continued (postponed) the four hearings to allow sufficient time for the Commission to hire a consultant wetland scientist to peer review the wetland boundaries flagged on the parcels and mapped in the ANRADs.  This review process is still underway.

The four ANRADs are posted below.

Thus far, our peer-review wetland scientist has completed a document review and has visited all four sites with a TRC representative and a Conservation Commissioner.  These visits lasted between five and seven hours.  At all four sites, the wetland boundaries are being expanded.  When TRC has reflagged and remapped the wetlands, our peer-review wetland scientist will visit each site again to confirm the new boundaries.  When the peer review process is complete and the ANRADs have been revised to include the updated wetland boundaries, the updated versions will be posted on this website.

During the May 14, 2020 meeting, the Shutesbury Conservation Commission voted unanimously to not hold public hearings with broad public interest regarding complex applications during the State of Emergency.

Updates for continued ANRAD public hearings:

At our August 13, 2020 meetings, the Shutesbury Conservation Commission voted to again continue the ANRAD public hearings.  Here are current dates:

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZQ-6 (Baker/West Pelham)
    continued to September 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm
  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZD-37 (Montague/Carver)
    continued to October 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm
  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZW-6 (Pratt Corner Road West)
    continued October 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm
  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZG-2 (Pratt Corner Road East)
    continued to November 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Until 1) the ANRAD review process is complete  AND  2) the State of Emergency is lifted so that public hearings can be attended in person, the hearing process will be continued (postponed). The Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) process is used to determine wetland boundaries on a parcel of land

The Commission’s role in the ANRAD process is to confirm the accuracy of the wetland boundaries and their 100’ buffer zones and that these are accurately mapped.  The ANRADs are not specific to particular projects and potential projects will not be discussed during these public hearings.

If specific projects are proposed in the future, they will be reviewed as part of a Planning Board Special Permit Hearing.  At that time, there will be opportunities for public comment.

If you have specific questions about the ANRAD process that are not answered here, please contact the Commission either by phone (413-259-3792) or email (concom@shutesbury.org). 

Here are the links to the ANRADs

Montague

Baker

Pratt Corner East

Pratt Corner West