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Andrew B. DeSantis, Chair
The mission of the Revere Conservation Commission is to protect the wetlands of the city by controlling the activities deemed to have a significant effect upon wetland values, including but not limited to the following: public or private water supply, groundwater, flood control, erosion control, storm damage prevention, water pollution, fisheries, shellfish, wildlife, recreation and aesthetics. The control of activities is achieved through permitting required under Chapter 131 Section 40 of Massachusetts General Laws (The Wetlands Protection Act) and Title 16 of the Revere City Ordinances. The Revere Conservation Commission is also responsible for enforcement activities resulting from violations of the Wetlands Protection Act and Title 16.
The Revere Conservation Commission works in conjunction with the Mayor's Office, the City Council and other city departments and boards particularly with the Inspectional Services Department, Planning Department and Department of Public Works.
The Revere Conservation Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Revere City Council Chambers, Revere City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere, Massachusetts. Notice of meetings are posted on the bulletin board outside of the City Clerks Office in City Hall.
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE REVERE CONSERVATION COMMISSION IS SCHEDULED FOR 7:00 PM WEDNESDAY MAY 3, 2017 – Revere City Council Chambers, Revere City Hall 281 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151. Meeting documents are available under Meeting Agendas on Quick Link Menu on left.
Please contact the Chairperson Andrew B. DeSantis at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting to be placed on the agenda.
If your project or property is located in an area subject to the jurisdiction of the Revere Conservation Commission, the following applies:
Any disturbance of alteration of land in an area either within or near a Wetland Resource or within 100 feet of the 100 yr. flood plain is subject to Conservation Commission jurisdiction. A disturbance can be as substantial as a new commercial development, constructing a new home or an addition or as minor as putting in a new lawn, pool, shed or driveway.
Belle Isle Marsh
Revere, Massachusetts 02151
Current Members: Andrew B. DeSantis, Chair ,
Joseph A. Lavalle, Ann M. Raponi, James Cerbone,
Nicholas Moulaison, Vincent Lauria, Robert "Toby" Cassidy
Does your land have "standing water"?
Does your property "pool" with water after a rainstorm or winter storm?
Do you have "phragmites" or common reed or water loving trees/wild plants on your lot?
Is your land near to or abut a stream, river, or the ocean?
Is your land close to the Salt Marsh or what appears to be Marshland?
Are you in a "flood plain" according to the FEMA maps?
Do you pay “flood' insurance” ?
Does your lot abut known conservation land?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are in an area likely subject to the jurisdiction of the Revere Conservation Commission.
What do you need to do as a potential builder if any of these questions apply to you?
If you think that any of these questions may apply to your project, you may have to fill out a required application, such as a Determination of Applicability which requires a public meeting or Notice of Intent which requires a Public Hearing the City of Reveres' Conservation Commission in an open and publicly noticed forum.
Information on this website is provided to help you get your project started off in the right direction, it will also allow for you to understand the "Wetlands Protection Act" that is mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Chapter 131 Section 40. Code of Massachusetts Regulations 310.10 and Title 16 Chapter 16.04 of the Revere City Ordinances detail the requirements for work in areas subject to the Wetlands Protection Act that may apply to your project. Knowledge of these requirements allows you to work in cooperation with the City of Revere, your engineers, architects, builders and others that may be involved with your project. Properly following the required process will ensure that the road to completion of your project, with the proper hearings/public meetings, permitting, licensing in place, will be completed in a smooth and timely fashion allowing you to finish your project in the most cost-effective manner possible.
More information on the state regulations can be found on the web at:
The Revere Conservation Commission is subject to the Public Records Law. Revisions to the Law become effective January 1, 2017. The state maintains a web page on the public records law that can be viewed here. Meeting documents for upcoming meetings are typically available one week before the meeting and can be viewed by clicking Meeting Agendas on the Quick Link menu on the left side of main Conservation Commission page. Meeting minutes can be viewed by clicking the link on the Quick Link menu item on the left side of the main Conservation Commission page. Videos of previous meetings can also be viewed by clinking on the link on the Quick Link Menus of the main Conservation Commission page.
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 131 Section 40 the 'Wetlands Protection Act' is the governing law for enforcement of environmental regulations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Local communities are allowed to have their own Wetland Bylaws or Ordinances to further protect wetlands within their jurisdiction. The City of Revere Revised Municipal Ordinance has a section entitled Title 16 Environment Chapter 16.04 Wetlands Protection. Some additional requirements for constructing in wetlands in Revere are contained in the Title 17 Zoning section of the City of Revere Revised Municipal Ordinances.
Filings before the Conservation Commission are made to determine whether the proposed work is significant to the statutorily protected interests of the Wetlands Protection Act.
The protected interests of the Wetlands Protection Act include the following:
- Public Water Supply
- Private Water Supply
- Groundwater Supply
- Land Containing Shellfish
- Storm Damage Prevention
- Prevention of Pollution
- Protection of Wildlife Habitat
- Flood Control
The applicant must show that either the proposed work is not significant to these interests or that the project will contain such provisions that the work will meet performance standards set by Commonwealth of Massachusetts for work in areas where any of the protected interests of a particular wetlands resource area are significant to the Wetlands Protection Act. THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN ALL CASES IS UPON THE APPLICANT.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has codified regulations pertaining to the Wetlands Protection Act in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations 310CMR10.00. This regulation is divided into three main sections, Regulations for All Wetlands, Additional Regulations for Coastal Wetlands and Additional Regulations for Inland Wetlands. Additional Regulations may apply for areas of special environmental value such as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. Rumney Marsh and Belle Isle Marsh are the two Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in the City of Revere. Various technical publications from from both the federal and state governments are readily available to assist an applicant in making sure their project meets the requirements for building in wetland areas. Additional permit requirements for projects may be required. Projects in filled tidelands require Chapter 91 Licensing. The Revere Conservation Commission has not accepted local responsibility for Chapter 91 Licensing, however an applicant is typically requested to provide documentation that they have received or do not need Chapter 91 Licensing.
The Powers and Duties of Conservation Commissions are governed by Massachusetts:
Coastal Wetlands Protection:
Wetlands Regulations, Policies, Guidance, Application Forms & FAQS:
To complete these forms, the applicant should refer to the wetlands regulations (310 CMR 10.00) which can be obtained from the Department’s web site at www.state.ma.us/dep. Regulations are available for viewing at public libraries and county law libraries across the state, as well as at the Department’s Regional Service Centers. Regulations also are available for sale from the State House Bookstore (617.727.2834) and State House Bookstore West (413.784.1378).
This form is to be used when submitting an appeal of a Revere Conservation Commission action, action lack of action, permit or denial of a permit to the Department of Environmental Protection. Instructions are on second page.
The Request for Determination of Applicability is a process which provides applicants with the option of seeking a determination on the applicability of the Wetlands Protection Act (the Act) to a proposed site or activity. Before filing this form to confirm the boundary delineation of a resource area, the applicant should discuss other delineation review options with the Conservation Commission. The Commission may require the submission of WPA Form 4A (Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation), WPA Form 3 (Notice of Intent), or WPA Form 4 (Abbreviated Notice of Intent).
The applicant is responsible for providing the information required for the review of this application to the issuing authority (Conservation Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection). The submittal of a complete and accurate description of the site and project will minimize requests for additional information by the issuing authority which may result in an unnecessary delay in the issuance of a Determination of Applicability.
The issuing authority also may require that supporting materials (plans and calculations) be prepared by professionals including, but not limited to, a registered engineer, registered architect, registered landscape architect, registered land surveyor, registered sanitarian biologist, environmental scientist, geologist, or hydrologist when the complexity of the proposed work warrants specialized expertise.
To complete this form, the applicant should refer to the wetlands regulations (310 CMR 10.00), which may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .
To protect the Commonwealth's wetland resources, the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (General Law Chapter 131, Section 40) prohibits the removal, dredging, filling, or altering of wetlands without a permit. To obtain a permit (called an Order of Conditions), a project proponent must submit an application to the Conservation Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection (the Department). The Notice of Intent application provides the Conservation Commission and the Department with a complete and accurate description of the:
•Site: including the type and boundaries of resource areas under the Wetlands Protection Act, and
•Proposed work: including all measures and designs proposed to meet the performance standards described in the Wetlands Protection Act Regulations, 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 10.00, for each applicable resource area.
The applicant is responsible for providing the information required for the review of this application to the permit issuing authority (Conservation Commission or the Department). The submittal of a complete and accurate description of the site and project will minimize requests for additional information by the issuing authority that may result in an unnecessary delay in the issuance of an Order of Conditions.
The Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation, WPA Form 4A, (ANRAD) provides a procedure for an applicant to confirm the delineation of a Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW). If an ANRAD is filed for a BVW delineation, confirmation of other resource areas may also be requested provided the other resource area boundaries are identified on the plans which accompany the BVW boundary delineation
Section 310CMR10.05(4)(b)1. lists the conditions that must be met in order to be able to file an Abbreviated Notice of Intent.
The Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation, WPA Form 4A, (ANRAD) provides a procedure for an applicant to confirm the delineation of a Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW). If an ANRAD is filed for a BVW delineation, confirmation of other resource areas may also be requested provided the other resource area boundaries are identified on the plans which accompany the BVW boundary delineation.
The filing of an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation is optional
Extension requests for Orders of Condition 310CMR10.05(8) issued by the Revere Conservation Commission can be requested sixty (60) days prior to the stated expiration date on the recorded Order of Conditions. Submit correspondence to the Chair Person of the Commission stating the DEP File Number, Location of the Project and current expiration date of the Order of Conditions.
Expiring Orders of Conditions can be extended for a maximum of three (3) additional years and can be additionally renewed for two additional periods of three (3) years once again by application.
At the conclusion and completion of all activities associated with an Order of Conditions (Wetland Permit) on a project, the applicant submits this form along with an as-built plan and elevation certificate to the Conservation Commission.
- What Is the Function of the Revere Conservation Commission?
The Revere Conservation Commission is established by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 130 Section 40, The Wetlands Protection Act and is primarily a local regulatory agency charged with implementation and enforcement of The Act through Code of Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR 10.00 (310 CMR 10.00A and 310 CMR 10.00B) and the Revere Municipal Wetlands Ordinance Title 16 Environment Chapter 16.04 Wetlands Protection.
- When Does the Conservation Commission Meet?
The Revere Conservation Commission typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Revere City Council Chambers in Revere City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere, Massachusetts.
- How long are Orders of Condition valid for?
Orders of Condition are issued for a period anywhere from 1 to 3 years from the date of issuance. They may be renewed for three additional periods of 1 to 3 years terms.
- My Order of Conditions is about to expire, what can I do?
You can apply for an extension by submitting a letter to the Revere Conservation Commission detailing your request including DEP file number, property location and date of issuance. Permits issued between the tolling period of August 15, 2008 and August 15, 2012 are automaticaaly extended for a period of up to 5 years. See article form 2012 MACC Fall Quarterly Newletter on permit extension act.
- What is a flood zone and is my property located within one?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) categorizes areas located in close proximity to bodies of water as varying in risk of flooding during common storm events. Location of a property within the flood zones designated by FEMA will typically have an impact on land usage and insurance costs. To determine if your property is within a flood zone, you can visit the Engineering Department office and view the maps, select this link March 16, 2016 Flood Map or visit the FEMA website.