The Conservation Commission, a seven-member volunteer board, was founded in 1966 "for the promotion and development of natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources." Today, the Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Burlington Bylaws for wetland protection and stormwater management. Additionally, the Conservation Commission manages nearly three hundred acres of Conservation land.
The Conservation Commission meets 20 times per year, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, except for June, July, November and December when they meet only once. Material for hearings and discussion is provided to Commissioners about a week before meetings. Commissioners review application material and, if available, conduct site visits prior to the meeting. The Commission determines if a project will impact the functions of a wetland or stream or if stormwater is being adequately managed, taking into account the opinions of staff.
Beyond those essential functions, Commissioners are welcome to assist with public education and engagement, open space management or other projects of personal interest.