During this time, please contact our office via email or phone if you wish to schedule an appointment or site visit. Public records requests can also be performed via email. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Voicemails left at the Conservation Office will be responded to when the Agent is in the office.
June 16, 2021 Conservation Commission Public Meeting Information:
The Governors Executive Order will expire on June 15, 2021. This Executive Order allowed for the Commission to conduct Public Meetings via webcam. At this time, the Conservation Commission will be holding the upcoming meeting in-person in Room A on the second floor of Town Hall.
The Conservation Office assists the Conservation Commission in administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) and the Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The WPA empowers the Conservation Commission to determine if a project will adversely impact the following eight interests:
The Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw adds Erosion and Sedimentation Control to the above interests.
The Conservation Commission has jurisdiction over all work within 100’ of a wetland, 150’ of an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC, defined as elevation 10’ in certain coastal areas), and 200’ of a river or perennial stream. Any work that impacts the water, soils or vegetation (other than pruning landscaped areas, routine maintenance of lawn, and a few other minor activities) requires prior approval by the Conservation Commission. This approval is achieved by filing certain forms and information with the Conservation Office, and attending a public meeting with the Commission to present the project and answer questions.
The Conservation Office is available to assist applicants to ensure that all required forms are properly completed and submitted.