Conservation Commission

Meetings


  • 7 p.m.
  • Date to be announced
  • Town Hall
    41 Highland Avenue
    Cohasset, MA 02025

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members


     
  • Justin Pimpare
    Position: Chairman
  • Alex Koines
    Position: Designee to CPC
  • Maryanne Wetherald
    Position: Member
  • Chris McFarlane
     Position: Member 

  • Eric Eisenhauer
    Position: Secretary/Treasurer
  • Patricia A. Grady
    Position: Member
  • James P. Rosebach
    Position: Member
  • Kathleen M. Berigan
    Position:  Associate Member 
  • Vacancy
    Position:  Associate Member

The Conservation Commission consists of 7 members, each appointed for a 3 year term by the Board of Selectmen. The Commission holds public hearings and administers the provisions of Chapter 131, Section 40, of the Massachusetts General Laws. As a result the Commission develops programs to preserve natural resources while protecting wetlands and watershed areas of the Town. There shall also be two Associate Members, each appointed for a one-year term by the Board of Selectmen.  The Associate Members shall be nonvoting.

The Conservation Commission shall hold public hearings and administer the provisions of MGL c. 131, §40.

The Conservation Commission shall develop programs to preserve natural resources and protect the wetlands and watershed areas of the Town.

The Commission shall have authority to appoint a Conservation Agent who shall have such duties and responsibilities as shall be delegated to him by the Commission.

Description & Mission


The Conservation Commission is responsible for administration of the Cohasset Wetlands Regulations and Bylaws, Stormwater Regulations and Bylaws, and the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Through the administration and enforcement these regulations and bylaws, the Mission of the Conservation Commission is to promote proactive administration of environmental laws and policies, open space protection, wetland and water management and protection, promote environmental education, and to preservation of Cohasset's natural resources. The Commission works together with various departments in Town to ensure the regulations and bylaws are upheld. The Commission looks to improve the environmental integrity of the community while maintaining and improving the Town's current conservation areas.

 

Responsibilities


The Conservation Commission is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • Administrating and enforcing the Town's wetland regulations and bylaws of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act
  • Reviewing Notices of Intent (NOI) applications
  • Determining the applicability applications for altering wetlands and buffer zones
  • Holding hearings on all such applications
  • Promoting environmental and local resources education
  • Maintaining Cohasset's wetland, floodplain, and resource areas 

 For even more information about the Conservation Commission please visit the Conservation Commission Department page.