Conservation Commission

Covid 19 Update:

Update as of 5/6/2020



Guidance From DEP * Applicants Read*

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Governor Baker issued an emergency Order on
March 12, 2020, allowing public bodies greater flexibility in utilizing technology in the conduct of meetings
under the Open Meeting Law. The City of Leominster greatly values the participation of its
citizens in the public meeting process, but given the current circumstances and recommendations at both
the state and federal levels to limit or avoid public gatherings, including Governor Baker’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, together with the present closure of Leominster City Hall and other public buildings to
the public, the has decided to implement the “remote participation” procedures allowed under
Governor Baker’s emergency Order for all boards, committees, and commissions. This means that:

1. All or any of the members of the public body may choose to participate in a public meeting via
remote access. Meetings may be virtual, in their entirety.
2. The public will not be allowed into a Board/Committee meeting in City Hall.
during the meeting. “Public comment” portions of meetings will be temporarily suspended.

3. However, the public will be provided with alternative access through which they can watch or listen to meetings “in real time,” and meeting notices will specify the manner in which members of the public may access audio or video of the meeting as it is occurring.
4. If, despite our best efforts, our technological capabilities do not adequately support public access to
virtual or remote meetings, the City will ensure that an audio or video recording, transcript,
or other comprehensive record of the proceedings at the meeting is posted on the Cities
website as soon as possible after the meeting.
5. Notices for public hearings will contain additional information about how the public may participate
via electronic/technological means.
6. For executive session meetings, public access to the meeting will be limited to the open session
portion(s) of the meeting only. Public access to any audio, video, internet or web-based broadcast
of the meeting will be discontinued when the public body enters executive session.
7. Where individuals have a right, or are required, to attend a public meeting or hearing, including
executive session meetings, they will be provided with information about how to participate in the
meeting/hearing remotely.
8. Meeting notices will still be posted at least 48 hours in advance (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, or
legal holidays), unless it is an emergency meeting as defined under the Open Meeting Law (in which
event, the meeting notice will be posted with as much advanced notice as is possible in the
circumstances). Minutes will still be taken.



Leominster Conservation Commission

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.

Mission Statement

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:

  • Inspections
  • Permitting
  • Enforcement
  • Stormwater Management
  • Continuing Education
  • Natural Resource Protection
  • Open Space

What is the Wetland Protection Act ?

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.