Proposed Wetland Bylaw Update 2024

The current Wetlands By-law was last revised on 4/15/1987, requires substantial revisions and is proposed for replacement in its entirety with the revised bylaw.  This update will be on the Warrant for Special Town Meeting on April 30, 2024.

Please review the following for more information:

Summary of changes including Frequently asked Questions 

The full text of the proposed wetland bylaw and the current wetland bylaw 

The presentation slides linked here will be used at the meetings.

The MassGIS map showing potential locations for vernal pools is linked.

For more information, please email the Conservation Administrator at

A public meeting was held both in person and virtually on February 15, 2024 at the regular Conservation Commission meeting at 5pm in the Hearing room at Town Hall.

This information will be presented at a Select Board meeting within the following month.

This proposed update will be presented at Annual Town Meeting April 30, 2024

The Conservation Division promotes and protects the Town's natural resources and watersheds, administers wetlands protection and stormwater regulations, and takes part in the planning, acquisition and management of the Town's open space.

The Conservation Administrator provides support, coordination, and professional management for the Conservation Commission in carrying out its mission to protect the community’s natural resources. The Conservation Administrator carries out field inspections, and meets with prospective applicants to advise the best way to proceed with a project under the Wetlands Protection Act and the local wetlands bylaw.

The Conservation Division is also responsible for the management of over 1800 acres of conservation land within the Town and oversees protection measures for endangered species and critical wildlife habitats. The Conservation Division is located on the lower level of the Town Hall, down the stairs, to the right through the door, last office on the left.

​For more information, please contact Brittany DiRienzo, Conservation Administrator, at (508) 398-2231 ext. 1288 or