PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current status of COVID-19 our office is severely limiting face-to-face contact with potential applicants and those with wetland related inquiries. Those with questions regarding Conservation/Wetlands jurisdiction or looking to submit applications for review by the Conservation Commission should email jsteel@newtonMA.gov or crundelli@newtonMA.gov with all inquires and applications, attaching any necessary or explanatory documents (i.e., plans, narratives, state forms, etc.).
If you do not have access to email please call the general Planning Department line at 617-796-1120 to receive direction.
Updates regarding the next Conservation Commission meeting on April 2nd, 2020 will be posted in the coming days. At this point in time it is anticipated that the meeting will be run remotely via the Zoom online conferencing system.
|Members||Mailing Address||Department Contact|
Daniel Green, Chair
Susan Lunin, Vice Chair
Judith Hepburn, Clerk
Planning and Development Department
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
Monday to Friday
7:30am to 4:00pm
The Conservation Commission is a volunteer board comprised of 7 members who are appointed by the City Council. The Commission meets every three weeks. Click for the current year meeting schedule. The agendas and meeting minutes are available here.
The Commission is responsible for administering the State Wetlands Protection Act and its regulations (Note: Newton does not have a local wetlands ordinance; however, the Commission does enforce Newton’s Flood Plain Ordinance). The Conservation Commission is also responsible for managing 20 parcels of conservation land located all across Newton and comprising over 200 acres. Click here for more detailed information about the role of Conservation Commissioners.
Wetland Protection Act Administration
The Conservation Commission is responsible for reviewing and permitting any proposed work (construction, cutting, grading, or landscaping) within : (a) 100-feet of a vegetated wetland, intermittent (i.e., seasonal) stream, or pond. or (b) 200-feet of a perennial (year-round) stream. Residents and developers should check with the Conservation Office prior to initiating any work within these jurisdictional areas. Click here for more detailed information about Wetland Filing procedures and requirements.
Conservation Land Management
Although Newton is heavily developed, it is fortunate enough to possess numerous ecologically diverse parcels of open space available for walking, bird-watching, and other passive recreational activities. Please note that dogs must be leashed when on Conservation parcels. Click here for more detailed information about Newton’s conservation parcels.