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.

The Commission also manages several Conservation Areas in Shutesbury.

Meeting Schedule

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

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.  Click on the meeting within the calendar and you will see the agenda with a link to the meeting.  Information on all applications before the Commission are posted below.

Site visits are normally scheduled prior to public meetings.

Updates on Solar Project ANRAD Public Hearings:

Until the ANRAD review process is complete, the hearings will be continued (postponed). Once all information has been received, the applicant will resend abutter notices.  Below are the current dates for the ANRAD public hearings:

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZW-6 (Pratt Corner Road West)
    Public Hearing closed on January 14, 2021 - Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZG-2 (Pratt Corner Road East)
    Public Hearing closed on November 12, 2020 - Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZQ-6 (Baker/West Pelham)
    Public Hearing closed on March 11, 2021 - Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZF-15 (Leverett West)
    opened on November 12, 2020 at 7:10 pm
    Public Hearing closed on April 22, 2021- Order of Resource Area Delineation has been issued.

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZD-37 (Montague/Carver)
    continued to June 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm.

  • Public Hearing for ANRAD at ZU-2 (Pratt South)
    opened on November 12, 2020 at 7:20 pm
    Hearing continued to May 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

When to Contact the Conservation Commission

Cowls/AMP Energy Solar Projects ANRADs

Other Projects Under Conservation Commission Review

Town Conservation Projects

DCR Forest Cutting Plans