Due to COVID-19, the Conservation Commission will be holding all meetings virtually until further notice.
Meetings will be held through the Zoom application. Links and call-in information for joining meetings can be found in the "Most Recent Agenda" link. Conservation Commission submissions/applications, please visit the "Current Applications" link.
Town of Amherst Wetlands Protection Bylaw and Regulations
The Town of Amherst Wetlands Protection Bylaw and accompanying regulations are available in the Conservation Department for the price of $10. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please send a check to the Conservation Department with your request and include an additional $2.50 for postage and handling.
Wetland Bylaw (PDF - 35KB)
Wetland Regulations(PDF - 159KB)
Wetland Application Forms
Request for Determination
The Town accepts the Massachusetts DEP WPA Form 1 – Request for Determination of Applicability for both state and local filings. The filing fee is $50 for the first five acres or less, $5 for each additional acre or part. Applications may be downloaded here or obtained from the Conservation Department office, located on the second floor of Town Hall.
WPA Form 1 - RFD Instructions & Application (PDF)
RFD Checklist (PDF)
Notification to Abutters (PDF)
Abutter’s List Request Form (PDF)
Notice of Intent (NOI)
The Town accepts the Massachusetts DEP WPA Form 3 - Notice of Intent form for both state and local filings. In cases where work falls under the jurisdiction of The Town of Amherst Wetlands Protection Bylaw, only the town’s portion of the state fee shall be submitted. Applications may be downloaded here or obtained from the Conservation Department office, located on the second floor of Town Hall.
NOI for an Ecological Restoration Project
Request for Certificate of Compliance (PDF)
Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD)
WPA Form 4A - ANRAD(PDF)
The filing fee is $2.00 per linear foot of determined bordering vegetated wetland
Extension of Order of Conditions
Amendment to Order of Conditions
Please submit letter of request to Beth Willson, Wetlands Administrator., 4 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002.
Request for Determination:
Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation:
Notice of Intent:
Certificate of Compliance:
Amendment to Order of Conditions:
Extension of Order of Conditions:
Re-issue Order of Conditions or Certificate of Compliance:
Current Wetland Filings Before the Commission
Request for Determination – Ascent/UMASS for renovation of the Student Union within buffer zone to Campus Pond at 280 Hicks Way (Map 8C, Parcel 13B).
Notice of Intent – Niels LaCour/UMASS Campus Planning for Operation & Maintenance Plan for twenty-four parcels owned by UMASS within jurisdictional areas.
Notice of Intent – Charles Kovacic/Direct Energy Solar for installation of a solar array and associated access roads, utility poles, transformer pad, and fencing within Riverfront, Bordering Land Subject to Flooding, and buffer zone to Bordering Vegetated Wetlands at 191 West Pomeroy Lane (Map 19D, Parcel 10).
Notice of Intent – Amherst DPW for temporary bridge replacement over the Hop Brook on Station Road (closest to Map 20D, Parcel 72).
Request for Determination – James & Lauren Schattin for jurisdictional confirmation of resource areas at 522 Flat Hills Rd (Map 3D, Parcel 30).
Request for Determination – Amherst Water Department for construction of a generator pad within buffer zone to resource areas off Southeast St. (Map 27B, Parcel 25).
|Committee Member Name||Year Appointed||Term Expires|
|Lawrence Ambs||2019||June 30, 2021|
|Brett Butler, Chair||2014||June 30, 2021|
|Fletcher Clark||2017||June 30, 2023|
|Ana Devlin Gauthier||2019||June 30, 2022|
|Jenn Fair||2018||June 30, 2023|
|LeRoy Gaynor||2020||June 30, 2022|
|Laura Pagliarulo||2019||June 30, 2022|