Conservation Commission

Meetings

  • 7 pm
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of most months
    Except usually only one meeting each in:
    • July
    • August
    • November
    • December
  • Burlington Town Hall
    29 Center Street
    Main Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
    Burlington, MA 01803

Upcoming Meetings

  • Meeting Date: November 10, 2022
    Filing Deadline (Noon): October 28, 2022
  • Meeting Date: December 8, 2022
    Filing Deadline (Noon): November 23, 2022 
  • Meeting Date: January 12, 2023
    Filing Deadline (Noon): December 30, 2022

2022 Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Watch videos of past meetings,

Members

  • Larry Cohen, Chair
    Appointed: 1991
  • William Boivin, Vice-chair
    Appointed: 2012
  • Don Bernstein
    Appointed: 2020
  • Indra Deb
    Appointed: 1996
  • Ed LoTurco                                      Appointed:  2016
  • Jennifer O'Riorden
    Appointed:  2018
  • Kent Moffatt, 
    Appointed:  2020

Overview

The Conservation Commission, a seven-member volunteer board, was founded in 1966 "for the promotion and development of natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources." Today, the Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Burlington Bylaws for wetland protection and stormwater management. Additionally, the Conservation Commission manages nearly three hundred acres of Conservation land.

See more information about conservation in the Conservation Department.

Commitment and Responsibilities

The Conservation Commission meets 20 times per year, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, except for June, July, November and December when they meet only once.  Material for hearings and discussion is provided to Commissioners about a week before meetings. Commissioners review application material and, if available, conduct site visits prior to the meeting. The Commission determines if a project will impact the functions of a wetland or stream or if stormwater is being adequately managed, taking into account the opinions of staff.  

Beyond those essential functions, Commissioners are welcome to assist with public education and engagement, open space management or other projects of personal interest.

Commission group photo

Conservation Commission Members

  • Back row:
    • D. Bernstein
    • E. LoTurco
    • I. Deb
    • G. Lima (former member)
  • Front row
    • L. Cohen
    • W. Boivin
  • Not in photo:
    • J. O'Riorden
    • K. Moffatt

Public Hearing Documents