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Proposed Weston Wetlands Bylaw
Protecting Weston's Unique Wetland Resources through Local Control
The Weston Conservation Commission is proposing a Wetlands Protection Bylaw at Annual Town Meeting 2023
To strengthen existing state law. The state Wetlands Protection Act (WPS) omits protection for two important wetlands resources: isolated wetlands and vernal pools. Let's protect ALL wetland resources in Weston.
To codify existing local policy: The Conservation Commission has established a 25-foot No Disturb Zone as policy since 1988. Let's codify that important resource protection area as a regulation and bring consistency and transparency to environmental regulation.
Establish local control over enforcement of wetlands protection laws: Let's join more than 200 communities in Massachusetts that have already enacted wetlands bylaws and provide fair and sensible oversight over wetlands protection in Weston.
Learn more at these upcoming Conservation Commission presentations
March 14, 6:50 pm: Presentation to Select Board*
March 28, 7:30 pm: Conservation Commission Public Meeting*
April 13, 7:00 pm: Public In-Person Presentation- Weston Town Hall
*Agenda with meeting Zoom link can be found at https://www.weston.org/AgendaCenter/
The WPA and proposed bylaw protects 7 public interests vital to Weston
Public and private water supply protection
Groundwater supply protection
Storm damage prevention
Proposed Wetlands Protection Bylaw (PDF)
A Local Bylaw to Protect Wetlands- Joe Berman and Ellen Freeman Roth, Weston Conservation Commission
Proposed Wetlands Protection Bylaw Powerpoint Slide
The Weston Conservation Commission is a 7-member volunteer board appointed by the Select Board to administer the state Wetlands Protection Act and manage approximately 1,800 acres of municipal conservation land.