The Leominster Conservation Commission is an appointed body dedicated to the protection of the City of Leominster’s natural resources. In 1972 Conservation Commissions were given responsibility for administering the Wetlands Protection Act. The Original authority came from the Conservation Commission Act (1957) in Article 97 of the State Constitution. The Leominster Conservation Commission is comprised of 7 Commission Members.
The Mission of the Conservation Commission is to implement the mandates of the Wetland Protection Act (MGL CH 131 s 40) and the Rivers Protection Act (MGL CH 131 s 44B) in such a way as to protect the natural resources of the City of Leominster and guide residents through the process of compliance in a simple and constructive way. Some of the key activities of the Conservation Commission are:
The Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act is Massachusetts General Law Chapter 131 Section 40. This law requires that anyone within 100 feet of a wetland resource area/intermittent stream or within 200 feet of a perennial stream MUST come forward to the local Conservation Commission for a public hearing or meeting to condition work within those areas. Local building permits or special permits from other boards DO NOT allow you to work within these areas. Only the Conservation Commission or DEP can allow work within these areas.