The Conservation Commission is currently in the process of reviewing and updating Holliston's Wetland Administration Bylaw (Article XXX) Regulations. The Regulations update hearing was opened on May 3, 2005 and will continue during each subsequent Commission meeting until all sections/proposed updates have been discussed and/or voted for. To date, one section (Section 8. Enforcement) has been revised (see information, below).
In order to keep Article XXX's Regulations up-to-date regarding on-going wetlands science research and case law, the Regulations must be updated/amended from time to time. The current Regulations updates are being proposed to include the recommendations of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions ("MACC") and their legal experts.
The proposed Regulations' Updates (document) can be reviewed at the offices of the Conservation Commission and/or the Town Clerk.
THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION ENCOURAGES AND APPRECIATES PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROCESS!
Article XXX Regulations, Section 8. Enforcement, has now been Updated
On October 25, 2005, the Conservation Commission completed their review and approval of the Enforcement section of Article XXX's Regulations (effective immediately). Updated Regulations can be downloaded from this website; paper copies may be obtained from either the Town Clerk's or the Conservation Commission's office.
Holliston's Article XXX Filing Fees have been updated
After several hearings to review revisions to Wetland Filing Fees, the Conservation Commission voted to revise Article XXX's Filing Fees on April 1, 2003. Please note that fees will now be charged for Partial Certificates of Compliance and Certificates of Compliance for expired Orders of Conditions (there is no fee for a Certificate of Compliance for an un-expired Order of Conditions).
The Wetlands Protection Act Regulations have been updated, and are effective March 1, 2005. Wetland Forms have also been updated, and are downloadable from this website.
The Preface to the Amended Regulations describes the major changes to the Regulations, but does not form a part of the Wetlands Protection Act regulations (310 CMR 10.00). Amendments include revised standards for work in the buffer zone of wetland resource areas, simplified review for work in the buffer zone, guidance on the discretion of resource area alteration, additional references to the stormwater management standards, clarification of enforcement provisions, revisions to parties who may request adjudicatory hearings, and other administrative changes.
The DEP wetland fee schedule has been adopted and the new fee schedule will go into effect on October 8, 2004. Fee increases are intended to more accurately reflect level effort required to review projects which have become increasingly complex. The wetlands fees will continue to be split with local conservation commissions as provided under the existing formula.