The Conservation Office personnel consist of a part-time Coordinator. This is an annually appointed position by the Board of Selectmen.
The Commission is also comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a three-year term to oversee the requirements of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, and other activities that potentially impact the environment.
The Southwick Conservation Commission’s mission is to serve as the conservation conscience of the Town, providing leadership for natural resources planning. The Commission works to protect, and where possible enhance plant and wildlife habitat to maintain Southwick’s natural resources.
The Commission, governed by Open Meeting law meets on the first and third Monday of each month in the 2nd floor Land Use Meeting Room of the town hall. The Commission together with the Mass DEP reviews applications for work to be undertaken in or near a wetland. The Commission is entrusted with the application of the Wetland Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, CMR Wetlands Regulations, Storm Water Management Policy and Southwick Local Wetlands Bylaws.
There are two application types for work in a wetland area:
The hearing fee for this permit is $75.00 in addition $59.00 is
collected for public announcement in the Westfield Evening News.
This has a variable fee schedule determined by the complexity
of the project and the impact there from. (See Schedule Below)
Category 1C Hearing Fee …………… .$55.00
Category 2C Hearing Fee ……………. $250.00
Category 3C Hearing Fee ……………. $525.00
Category 4C Hearing Fee ……………. $725.00
Hearing fee is per activity and subject to change. $59.00 is collected additionally for public announcement charges.
Fees are subject to change before this page can be updated. Please check with the Commission to ensure accuracy of fees.
Southwick Wetland bylaws are enforceable by fines of up to $300.00 per day for infractions of the wetland law.
The Open Space Committee is comprised of a group on environmentally conscious members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Goals include; to manage and enhance Town open space, permanently protect enough open space to maintain a rural agrarian character, aquatic resources and environmental balance of Southwick.
The Southwick Conservation Commission Open Space Committee welcomes volunteers to assist in the many facets of land acquisition and management. The Committee meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the second floor Land Use Meeting Room. The Committee may be contacted by calling at 413-569-6907.