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Conservation
Conservation CommissionShaker Glen Kehoe
The Conservation Commission is concerned with the acquisition and preservation of existing open space, and with the protection of our natural resources and wetlands. 

Function of the Commission
The Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch 131, Sec.40), the Woburn Wetlands Ordinance (Title VII), and the state and local wetlands regulations.

It has the authority to regulate activities within wetlands, riverfront  (land within 200 feet of a river), and the buffer zone of land that is  within 150 feet of a wetland. The Commission holds Public Hearings, conducts site visits, and issues permits.

The Conservation Commission supports the acquisition and preservation of open space, and is concerned with the protection of our natural resources; wetlands in particular. The Commission organizes Conservation Day, and runs the Community Gardens Program. The Commission has promoted the planting of trees in the City through its Tree Program.

Department Head
The Conservation Commission has a professional Conservation Administrator.  The Conservation Administrator is available to the general public, attorneys, developers, engineers and others as an informational resource to answer questions about wetland issues, the public hearing process, and filing procedures.  The Conservation Administrator coordinates with other City Departments as well as state and federal agencies.

The Conservation Administrator assists the Commission in  administering the Wetlands Protection Act and the Woburn   Wetlands Ordinance.  The Administrator reviews applications and   plans for completeness and compliance with wetlands laws and regulations, ensures filing fees are submitted and calculated correctly, performs site inspections, makes recommendations to the Commission, drafts special conditions for the Commission's consideration, and prepares legal documents for the Commission review, approval and issuance.  The Administrator attends training sessions and professional meetings.  The Administrator manages the Conservation office
 
Meetings
Meeting notices are posted in City Hall at least 48 hours prior to Public Meetings. Check with the online calendar or contact the Conservation Department office for the dates of upcoming meetings. The Conservation Department office location is:
Basement level of City Hall
10 Common Street
Woburn, MA  01801

*Note: Due to limitations in staffing, the office may be closed at times during regular City Hall hours to allow the Conservation Administrator to do field work, site inspections, attend off-site meetings with contractors and/or other state and municipal officials, and to coordinate within City Hall with other City Departments. Appointments are strongly recommended.

Contact Us
Theresa Murphy
Conservation Administrator

City Hall
10 Common Street
Woburn, MA  01801

Ph:  781-897-5933
Fx: 
781-897-5930