[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Braintree 5-18-2010 by Ord. No. 09-053. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Wetlands — See Ch. 12.20.
The Mayor shall appoint a Conservation Commission, consisting of at least five but not more than seven members, who shall exercise the powers provided in MGL c. 40, § 8C. The Mayor shall designate one member to serve as the Chair of the Commission, and the members shall select a Vice Chair and Clerk.
The members of the Conservation Commission shall serve an indefinite term.
The Conservation Commission is established to protect, promote and enhance the quantity and quality of the natural resources within the Town, especially wetlands, wildlife and water resources, through planning, acquisition, land management, regulation, scientific research and public education. The Conservation Commission may conduct research into its local land areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
The Commission may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its work. Among such plans may be a conservation and passive outdoor recreation plan which shall be, as far as possible, consistent with the Town Master Plan and with any regional plans relating to the area.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for the application of the Town's Wetlands Ordinance and the provisions of MGL c. 131, § 40 in protecting floodplains, water bodies and other wetlands within the Town, and other ordinances and regulations as directed.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 12.20, Wetlands.
The Conservation Commission may adopt policies and promulgate land management plans for properties of the Town held for conservation purposes. Such land management plans shall attempt to integrate certain active and passive public uses while protecting natural resources.
The Conservation Commission may receive gifts, bequests or devises of personal property or interests in real property in the name of the Town, subject to approval of the Mayor.
The Conservation Commission may receive monetary gifts for development of a conservation fund, and expend the same, subject to the General Laws and the approval of the Mayor.
The Conservation Commission, as a division of the Department of Planning and Community Development, shall receive staff support from the Department and coordinate activities with the Director of Planning and Community Development.