Conservation Commission

In 1972, Conservation Commissions were given the responsibility of administering the Wetlands Protection Act (G.L. Ch. 131 §40). Click here to see a copy of the Act. This allowed the Conservation Commissions to serve their communities in a regulatory as well as a conservation capacity.

The Essex Conservation Commission reviews applications for permits to do work in and near wetlands, flood plains, banks, riverfront areas, beaches and surface waters. At this time, Essex does not have any non-zoning bylaws or ordinances giving the Commission further power to protect the wetlands. Although the Commission does review plans which must be approved by other regulatory boards, the sole responsibility of the Commission is to determine if a project will have significant impact upon environmental resources and if it falls within the scope of the Wetlands Protection Act.

If a project falls outside the scope of the Wetlands Protection Act, no other action will be taken by the Conservation Commission. In Essex, it is required that most building permit applications for work being performed outside be reviewed by the Commission to determine if the project is covered under the Wetlands Protection Act.

If you have further questions, please check the Frequently Asked Questions section. If you still need answers, please contact the Administrative Clerk by phone or email. Generally phone calls are returned within 24-48 hours and emails the same day. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Deborah Cunningham Administrative Clerk
Ken Whittaker Agent

Board Members

NameTitleTerm Expiration
Michael Burke

Chairman

June 30, 2020

Kevin Cooke

Member

June 30, 2021

Cliff Ageloff

Member

June 30, 2020

Thomas Barrieau

Member

June 30, 2020

Edward Marshall

Member

June 30, 2021

Member

June 30, 2022

Member

June 30, 2022