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Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission - Membership 2018

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 Town Charter –

 Section 8-12-1. Conservation Commission. Members. There shall be a Conservation Commission composed of seven (7) electors of the town, not more than four (4) of whom shall be of the same political party and two (2) alternates not of the same political party, all to serve for terms of five (5) years each. In the month of January of each year, the Council shall appoint an elector to fill each vacancy and expired term. Each member shall hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified.

 

Section 8-12-2. Conservation Commission. Duties. (A) Said Commission shall be engaged in development, conservation, supervision, and regulation of natural resources and the development, coordination, study, and promotion of matters of environmental protection within the territorial limits of the town. (B) Said Commission shall have all the duties and powers, not inconsistent with this charter, as are now or may hereafter be conferred or imposed upon such commission by section 7-131a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended. (C) Said Commission shall conduct research into the utilization and possible utilization of land areas of the town and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets as necessary for its purposes within the Commission's budget allocation. It may propose a greenways plan for inclusion in the plan of conservation and development of the town prepared pursuant to Section 8-23. It may inventory natural resources. It shall keep an index of all open areas publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning and Zoning Commission the Manager, the Town Council or the legislative body plans and programs for the development and use of such areas. It may make recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commission, and other municipal agencies, boards or commissions, on proposed land use changes. It may recommend acquisition of land and easements to the Manager for consideration and possible approval by the Council. It may promulgate rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, the establishment of reasonable charges for the use of land and easements, for any of its purposes as set out in this Section.  It may supervise and manage town owned open space or park property upon delegation of such authority by the entity which has supervisory or management responsibilities for such space or property. It shall keep up to date on federal and state aid programs and procedures. It shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the town as provided in this Charter.

 

Section 8-12-3. Conservation Commission. General. (A) Said Commission shall have such other powers and duties not inconsistent herewith as are provided by the Connecticut General Statutes. (B) Said Commission shall have such professional, technical and clerical assistance as the council may determine or as set forth in the general statutes. (C) Said Commission shall maintain liaison with other boards and commissions and departments of the town as needed and shall cooperate with the parks and recreation commission as to the operation and maintenance of town lands within its jurisdiction. (d) In case of a dispute between the Conservation Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission as to jurisdiction over a proposed activity on a particular parcel of land, the Town Council shall determine which commission shall have jurisdiction over the property.