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A digital map of Ashby combining assessors’ maps and state maps has been created and is ready for use in master planning.

Work will continue in 2008 on master planning, agricultural and commercial recreational zoning, finalizing the Open Space Plan, finalizing a proposed Low Impact Development bylaw, roads committee, and mitigating the areas of concern on the FEMA FIRM maps.

Respectfully submitted:

Andrew T. Leonard, ASLA

Land Use Agent


The duties and responsibilities of the Ashby Conservation Commission were defined originally in, HB Chapter 18.9, The Conservation Commission Act. Under this act, the commission became the official agency charged with the protection of the town’s natural resources. Included in this authority were the planning, procuring and managing of open space, coupled with the encouraging and monitoring of agricultural and conservation preservation restrictions.

In later legislation, the Conservation Commission was given the responsibility of administering the Wetland Protection Act (MGL Chapter. 131-40). The regulations for the Act can be found under: Wetlands Protection Act regulations (310 CMR 10.00).The Wetlands Protection Act may be found on line at: www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/gl-131-toc.htm.

The importance of wetlands and the surrounding buffer zones have long been recognized and include: protecting private and public water supplies, groundwater protection, pollution protection, flood and storm damage prevention, and preservation and protection of fisheries and wildlife habitat.

The Commission has endeavored to assist landowners and prospective buyers in identifying protected wetlands on their property to facilitate legal activities and responsible growth and development. Assistance was also provided to builders in planning and completing projects while protecting Ashby’s natural resources. To these ends, the commission held 22 regularly scheduled meetings and one special meeting during the past year. All are open to the public and the minutes of these are posted on the Commission’s website.

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