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Welcome to the website for Marion, Massachusetts
Welcome to the website for Marion, Massachusetts
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MARION CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Diane Drake, Secretary
Address:
Marion Conservation Commission
2 Spring Street
Marion, MA 02738
Phone:
508-748-3560
Fax:
508-748-2845 (with a cover sheet)
Hours:
Mon. & Wed.: 8:30-4:00
Tues. & Thurs.: closed
Fri.: 8:30-3:00

This page was updated at 2:35 PM on 04/16/2014.
This page was updated at 2:35 PM on 04/16/2014.
 
*Marion Conservation Commission's email address:
We are only able to receive mail that is addressed to ddrake@marionma.gov.  Mail sent to the former Conservation Commission email addresses (conservation@townofmarion or marionconservation@townofmarion) will not be received.

Open Meetings:
Meetings begin at 7:00 PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  Meetings are held in the conference room in the rear of the Marion Town House. Please park in the back of the building and enter from the Main Street (side) entrance.


Submittals:
The Commission requires two complete UNBOUND copies of each submittal and plans (three copies with plans if the project site abuts the shore).  The Commission will place the legal advertisement in a local newspaper (The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739).  Please include a $20.00 check made out to "The Town of Marion" with your submittal for the cost of the advertisement.

FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Marion:
Marion's UPDATED FIRMs became effective on July 17, 2012. The modified flood hazard determinations (FHDs) and revised map panels became effective as of February 5, 2014, and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that were in effect prior to that date.  These maps show the extent to which areas in Marion are at risk of flooding from the base (1% annual chance) flood.  These areas, known as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), are where floodplain management regulations are enforced and where the mandatory purchase of flood insurance applies.  The Marion Building Department has a set of the updated hard copy maps for Marion.  The new maps can also be seen at the FEMA Map Service Center web site:  www.msc.fema.gov  

Here are copies of the new FIRM maps prepared by SRPEDD showing property lines:  

The FIRM Elevation Reference Marks chart for the 1988 and 1992 FIRMs is included here for engineering and surveying purposes.

Conservation Commission Function:
The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40) gives the Conservation Commission jurisdiction over all wetland resource areas in Marion.  There are two major wetland resources - coastal and inland.  Marion is rich with these resource areas.  Locations that may contain or border these resources can be found throughout the Town.

         
         Coastal resource areas

Land under the ocean
Coastal beaches
Barrier beaches
Rocky intertidal shores
Land under salt ponds
Land subject to tidal action
Anadromous/catadromous fish runs
Designated port areas
Coastal dunes
Coastal banks
Salt marshes
Land containing shellfish
Land subject to coastal storm flowage

          
         Inland resource areas

Land under the ocean
Land subject to flooding
Land under water bodies/waterways
Banks
Bordering vegetated wetlands
Riverfront areas


The Wetlands Protection Act states: “No person shall remove, fill, dredge or alter any bank, riverfront area, fresh water wetland, coastal wetland, beach, dune, flat, marsh, meadow or swamp bordering on the ocean or any estuary, creek, river, stream, pond, or lake, or any land under said waters or any land subject to tidal action, coastal storm flowage, or flooding….without filing written notice of his intention.”

In simple terms, any work within one of the resource areas, any work within 100 feet of a freshwater wetland, any work within 200 feet of a river or stream, or any work within land subject to coastal storm flowage (elevation 15' mean sea level or lower) must file for a permit with the Conservation Commission.  We strive to work proactively with all Marion residents and businesses to comply with the Wetlands Protection Act.  If you have any questions about proposed land uses in the vicinity of wetlands, or whether land falls within our jurisdiction, please contact our office.  There is an answering machine to accept messages at those times that there is no one in the office.

Two key documents that you may be required to submit are:

(1)   Request for Determination of Applicability – This form is used to determine whether the Commission has jurisdiction and, if so, will the resource areas be affected?  The Commission may find any of the following:

        A.  The Commission has jurisdiction and will require a Notice of Intent.
        B.  The Commission will not require a Notice of Intent, but may impose conditions.
        C.  The Commission does not have jurisdiction.

(2)   Notice of Intent – This form is required if there is intent to work within resource areas or their buffer zones.  A public hearing is required and all abutters within 100 feet of the subject parcel must be notified.  It usually requires preparation of plans by a registered professional engineer.  As a result of the public hearing, the Commission will either:

        A.  Issue an Order of Conditions with conditions for accomplishing the proposed work, or
        B.  Deny the project for its inability to adequately protect the resource areas.

Commission Members (effective December 17, 2013):

NAME
TERM EXPIRES
Lawrence B. Dorman, Chairman
June 30, 2015
Norman A. Hills, Vice Chairman
June 30, 2016
Joel D. Hartley, Treasurer
June 30, 2014
Stephen C. Gonsalves, Clerk
June 30, 2014
Jeffrey J. Doubrava, Member
June 30, 2015
Wendy L. Carreau, Associate Member
June 30, 2014
Cynthia C. Trinidad, Associate Member
June 30, 2016

Application forms to apply for future Conservation Commission openings should be submitted to the Marion Board of Selectmen, 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.   

        

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