The Dover Conservation Commission is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Conservation Commission administers and enforces the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Dover Wetlands Protection
Bylaw, which regulate all activities within 100 feet of any wetland resource or 200 feet of any perennial stream or river. The Commission also oversees the management of more than 350 acres of town-owned conservation land in Dover.
The Massachusetts Legislature passed the Wetlands Protection Act in 1972. Conservation Commissions were established in each Commonwealth city and town for the purpose of enforcing this law.
In 1986 the Town of Dover created its own Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The Dover Conservation Commission is charged with the enforcement of this bylaw also.
In addition the Commission provides information to the public regarding wetlands protection and why it is important to them as a homeowner.
Any projects proposed within 100′ of wetlands or within 200′ of a perennial waterway require the filing of either a Request for Determination of Applicability or Notice of Intent with the Conservation Commission to obtain a permit. Application forms are required by both the Town of Dover and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Contacting the Conservation Commission
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am to 3:30pm
Office Location: 1st Floor of the Town House.
|Admin. Assistant||Lori Hagertyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Conservation Commission Members
|Chair||Kate Faulkner||2015||Email Chair|
|Associate Member||Lawrence Clawson||2014|
Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities
Dover Town Code
There shall be a seven-member Conservation Commission appointed by the Board of Selectmen on a rotating basis of two or three members each year for three-year terms. Associate members may be appointed by the Board of Selectmen each year to one-year terms as non-voting members. The Conservation Commission’s duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in M.G.L. ch. 40, § 8C and ch. 131, § 40.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have wetlands on my property?
Each property owner is responsible for that determination and must hire a qualified wetlands professional to make such an assessment. If your project involves getting a Building Permit, you will be required to supply a letter signed and stamped by a qualified professional engineer, wetlands scientist or land surveyor stating that “no work will be done within 100 feet of wetlands or within 200 feet of a perennial stream or river.” Any work within a 100 foot Buffer Zone from wetlands or 200 feet from a perennial stream or river requires a permit from the Conservation Commission as required by state and local regulations. If there is a question as to whether your project requires such a permit, please call the Conservation Commission office for more information before you begin any work.
Where can I find a qualified wetlands professional to do this work?
Most engineering companies have wetlands professionals on their staff. The yellow pages, MACC (Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions in Belmont), or the Internet are resources. The Conservation Commission office also has a list.
How long does the filing process usually take?
Once the Conservation Commission receives a complete filing the following time schedule generally applies: Notice of Intent- a hearing is scheduled within 21 days. There would typically be a minimum of 2 hearings (or one month), with a site visit scheduled after the hearing is opened. A decision must be issued within 21 days after the hearing is closed. Request for Determination of Applicability- a decision must be issued within 21 days of receipt of a complete application.
What are the filing fees?
Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA)- $99.00
Notice of Intent fees, which include those for the state and Dover, vary. Check with your engineer or contractor, or call the Conservation Commission office.
Local Assessment Fees are available online.
Which recreation areas in Dover are managed by the Conservation Commission?
The Dover Conservation Commission actively manages the Wylde Woods area and the Bridge Street boat launch area.
Where can I go for a walk in Dover?
Wylde Woods is the only area in town with trails actively managed by the Conservation Commission. For information on walking trails owned or managed by someone other than the Town of Dover click here.
Are Dogs allowed in Wylde Woods?
Dogs are allowed in Wylde Woods as long as they are under owner control at all times and cleaned up after.
Are Horses allowed in Wylde Woods?
Yes, you are welcome to use the trails in Wylde Woods for horseback riding.