Conservation Commission Meeting

Tuesday, July 13, 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Webex Meeting
A meeting of the Conservation Commission


Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Greenfield Department of Planning and Development

Remote Access Online: HERE or by Phone at [1-408-418-9388]

Meeting ID: [132 299 7472] Password: [MBmJZGWg725]

(Contact the Conservation Agent for Assistance)

AGENDA – Revised July 9, 2021

Pursuant to Bill S.2475 Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted During the State of Emergency, this meeting of the Greenfield Conservation Commission will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found below. Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the City of Greenfield website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Should any technical interruption to the meeting occur and the meeting is suddenly ended, it will not be resumed and all items will be automatically continued to the next scheduled meeting date. Contact the Conservation Agent for more information.

Administrative Matters

Meeting Access: Remote Access Online:

or by Phone at [1-408-418-9388] Meeting ID: [132 299 7472] Password: [MBmJZGWg725]

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: 5/25/2021, 6/8/2021

Schedule of Public Meetings & Hearings

  • Public Meeting: Request for Determination of Applicability: Temporary set up of parking/event tents at Kimball Drive; (Map: 48, Lot: 24)

The Commission will review a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Baystate Health Foundation. Applicant is seeking a negative determination of whether the work depicted is subject to the Wetlands Protection Act and/or the Greenfield Wetlands Protection Ordinance. The proposed project is to set up temporary parking and event tents associated with the Wheeling for Healing bike event.

  • Public Hearing: Notice of Intent: Green River utility line structures relocation off Health Camp Road; (Map: R32, Lot: 2B) DEP File # 168-0344

The Commission will review a Notice of Intent filed by TRC Environmental, representative of the New England Power Company. Applicant is seeking an Order of Conditions for the relocation of two existing electrical utility structures from within the bank of the Green River within an overhead electrical utility Right-of-Way. There are proposed impacts to Bordering Land Subject to Flooding, 200ft Riverfront Area, Bordering Vegetated Wetlands, Bank, and the 100ft Buffer Zone. The project impact area is also within designated Priority Habitat by NHESP and proposes one temporary stream crossing. The project is seeking qualification as a Limited Project under 310 CMR 10.53(3)(d).

Enforcement Updates & Other Business

  • Enforcement updates
    • 21 Spring Terrace (Map 65-9) – unauthorized construction within Riverfront Area.
    • 286 Plain Road (Map R34-10) – unauthorized construction within Riverfront Area.
    • 637 Colrain Road (Map R35-7) – unauthorized filling of wetlands.
    • Old Wedgewood Gardens - Kimball Drive (Map 48-24) – unauthorized fill of Riverfront Area.
    • 8 Conway Drive (Map 49-24) – unauthorized fill of Riverfront Area.
    • Bear’s Den Road/Highland Park (Map R01-15) – Erosion and sedimentation of wetland areas.
  • 45 Plum Tree Lane – Tree removal request.
  • Rocky Mountain/Temple Woods ownership/management discussion.
  • Commission Reorganization
  • Meeting changes Agent duties discussion.
  • Notification of Exempt Utility Maintenance - Y177 Transmission Line.

Project Monitoring & Site Visit Scheduling

  • List of active Order of Conditions and updates.
    • 195 Mill Brook Road (DEP #: 168-0319, Exp. 9/22/2023) – Solar Project.
    • 739 Bernardston Road (DEP #: 168-0336, Exp. 2/11/2023) – Center School construction.
    • 125 Mohawk Trail (DEP #: 168-0323, Exp. 7/12/2021) – Hotel Construction.
    • 60 James Street (DEP #: 168-0337, Exp. 6/18/2023) – Single-family home.
    • Wisdom Way/River Street/Mill Street Intersection (DEP #: 168-0338, Exp. 10/27/2023) – Roadway improvements.
    • 225-245 Mohawk Trail (DEP#: 168-0339, Exp. 5/11/2024) – Big Y vegetation and invasive plant management.
    • Rear Linwood Street (DEP #: 168-0341, Exp. 5/28/2024) – Franklin County Fairgrounds slope stabilization and wetlands restoration.
    • 1 Birch Street (DEP #: 168-0340, Exp. 6/8/2024) – Single family home renovation.
    • Power Court/River Street/Shelburne Road East ROW (DEP#: 168-0342, Exp. 6/18/2024) – Eversource ROW tree removal, pole removal, new pole installations.

Set Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Posted to: Planning & Development