Conservation Commission

Update Due to the Coronavirus


Applications: As of Friday, April 3, 2020, pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, regulation, charter, ordinance, or by-law to the contrary, during the Governor's March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency, the process for submitting permit applications to permit granting authorities has been modified and timelines for permit application review have been extended. Please refer to Permit Application Procedures for guidance on the procedures in effect in the Town of Hingham during the state of emergency. Please note that all application submission requirements, including application fees, remain in full force and effect. All application submission questions should be directed to the Conservation Office, via email, at conservation@hingham-ma.gov.

  • The Conservation Office requests that hard copies of all application materials be submitted to the Conservation Commission, via Town Hall, even when filing electronically. First Class Mail or hand delivery to the drop box at the end of the half-circle driveway is recommended.
  • Revised Abutter Notification Forms, reflecting current Conservation Commission and Office procedures, are available. For NOIs and ANRADs, please use the revised standard form. For Administrative Reviews, please use the revised administrative form.
  • MassDEP requests that applications required by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act be mailed and emailed to the Southeast Regional Office while staff are working remotely. MassDEP’s full guidance can be found here. On May 6, 2020, MassDEP also published a Wetlands FAQ.
  • Confused? Overwhelmed? In a hurry? Please refer to our Application Submission Quick Reference Guide.

Meetings: Conservation Commission meetings are currently being held remotely, to the extent practicable, in keeping with the Governor’s recent Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law. Staff will communicate with representatives and applicants directly regarding the status of the next scheduled Conservation Commission meeting.

Conservation Properties: The Commission’s conservation properties remain open, however they should be used sparingly. Please take appropriate steps to protect your health and the health of others by following the CDC and the MA DPH guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even while enjoying the outdoors. Additional information can be found here

Overview


The Hingham Conservation Commission is a 7-member board appointed to 3-year overlapping terms by the Board of Selectmen under Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Commission is entrusted with the stewardship of over 1,000 acres of conservation land and addresses natural resource issues of the town and region.

Responsibilities


Empowered to administer the state's Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40) and Rivers Protection Act, and the Hingham Wetlands Protection By-Law, the Commissioners review numerous projects that fall within their jurisdiction. After review, permits, which are intended to protect the natural resource interests of the Town, are issued to applicants.

Meetings

Meetings are held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m., in Town Hall. Please see the Meeting Schedule for specific meeting dates, times, locations and filing deadlines.

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval by the Commission.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Minutes 2011 and Older

Members


Name Position
Term Expires
Laurie Freeman
Chair
2021
Jacqueline Zane Vice Chair 2022
Henry Hidell Member 2023
Crystal Kelly Member 2022
John Mooney Member 2021
Robert Mosher Member 2023
Thomas Roby Member 2023