[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Burlington 10-23-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Designation as Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission — See Ch. 48.
The Conservation Commission shall be a standing advisory body to the Board of Selectmen (the "Board") which may:
Conduct research into the utilization and possible utilization of land areas of the Town and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes;
Advertise, prepare and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets as necessary for its purposes;
Propose a greenways plan for inclusion in the Plan of Conservation and Development of the Town prepared pursuant to C.G.S. § 8-23;
Inventory natural resources and formulate watershed management and drought management plans consistent with water supply management plans prepared pursuant to C.G.S. § 25-32d;
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning and Zoning Commission plans and programs for the development, protection and use of such areas;
Make recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission and other Town agencies on proposed land use changes;
Upon approval of the Board of Selectmen and after obtaining Town Meeting approval, recommend rules and regulations, including but not limited to the establishment of reasonable charges for the use of land and easements, for any of its purposes as set out in this chapter; and
Supervise and manage Town-owned open space or park property upon delegation of such authority by the entity which has supervisory or management responsibilities for such space or property.
The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities as required by Chapter 14 of the Connecticut General Statutes and shall make recommendations to other boards and commissions of the Town as directed by the Board from time to time.
Seven regular members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall serve in a manner consistent with the Charter and shall have one vote each. There shall be one ex officio member without voting rights who shall be a Selectman chosen by the Board. Terms for regular members shall be for alternating two-year periods; initially three members shall serve for one year and four members for two years. Thereafter, any appointment shall be for two years but, in the case of a replacement for a vacancy created by whatever reason, the term shall be for the remainder of the vacant term.
The Conservation Commission shall not have the power or authority to receive gifts of real estate, any interest in real estate or other gifts in the name of the Town of Burlington or the Conservation Commission or in any other capacity, except to the extent that such receipt of gifts or interests may be expressly approved by the Board, in a manner consistent with the Charter. The Conservation Commission may propose to the Board for acquisition parcels of land, interests in land or other gifts which may be offered or available to the Town.
The Board may provide such funding for the expenses of the Conservation Commission as the Board shall determine.
Meetings of the Conservation Commission should be conducted according to the statutes, the Charter and Robert's Rules of Order.
No member of the Conservation Commission shall participate in any decision, hearing or vote in contravention of Section 10-1 of the Charter.