Conservation Commission Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Zoom Meeting
A meeting of the Conservation Commission


Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Greenfield Department of Planning and Development

Remote Access Online: HERE or by Phone at [1-646-558-8656 US (New York)]

Meeting ID: [919 3576 1487] Password: [895229]

(Contact the Conservation Agent for Assistance)

AGENDA – Revised September 23, 2022

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 [1-646-558-8656 US (New York)] Meeting ID: [919 3576 1487] Password: [895229]

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: September 13, 2022

Schedule of Public Meetings & Hearings

  • Public Meeting: Request for Determination of Applicability: Invasive plant removal at 24 Spring Terrace; (Map: 54, Lot: 32, 33)

The proposed project involves removing all invasive trees less than 4" in diameter. Out of the 217 trees on the property, 145 are invasive and 116 are invasive trees between 0.5 and 4 inches. The invasive trees to be removed are primarily Norway maple (106), but there are also tree of heaven (6) and black locust (3). Some of the trees will be cut down and left to decompose in place. Others will be mulched and used as ground cover for the vegetable garden in front of the house. In addition to the removal of the invasive trees, other invasive plants will be removed including oriental bittersweet, garlic mustard and the small amount of Japanese knotweed on the property. Also, other native plants will be added included black chokeberry and serviceberry, which are currently being grown in pots on the property from suckers from existing plants.

Other Business & Enforcement Updates

  • Request for Certificate of Compliance: Power Court/River Street/Shelburne Road East ROW (DEP #168-0342)
  • Vernal Pool in Highland Park Report
  • Update to signature authorization
  • Any topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of the posting of this agenda
  • 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.
    • 8 Conway Drive (Map 49-24) – unauthorized fill of Riverfront Area.
      • The current conditions were inspected and photographed by the Agent.

Project Monitoring, Correspondence, & Site Visit Scheduling

  • List of active Order of Conditions and updates.
    • 125 Mohawk Trail Route 2A (DEP #: 168-0323, Exp. 10/17/2025) – Hotel and two additional buildings.
    • 22 Verde Drive (DEP #: 168-0325, Exp. 11/21/2022) – Single family home.
    • 34 Glenbrook Drive (DEP #: 168-0327, Exp. 1/21/2023) – Solar array installation.
      • The project has been completed.
    • Adams Road (DEP #: 168-0328, Exp. 7/13/2023) – Retaining wall installation.
    • 1417 Bernardston Road (DEP #: 168-0329, Exp. 10/21/2023) – Solar array installation.
    • 562 Leyden Road (DEP #: 168-0330, Exp. 7/3/2023) – Soil borings.
    • 225-245 Mohawk Trail (DEP #: 168-0339, Exp. 5/11/2024) – Tree cutting and slope restoration.
    • 43 Country Club Road (DEP #: 168-0345, Exp. 8/13/2024) – Bridge repairs.
    • 95 River Street (DEP#: 168-0346, Exp. 10/21/2024) – Building renovations.
    • 195 Mill Brook Road (DEP #: 168-0319, Exp. 9/22/2023) – Solar Project.
    • 739 Bernardston Road (DEP #: 168-0336, Exp. 5/18/2024) – Center School 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.
    • Rear Linwood Street (DEP #: 168-0341, Exp. 5/28/2024) – Franklin County Fairgrounds slope stabilization and wetlands restoration.
    • Power Court/River Street/Shelburne Road East ROW (DEP#: 168-0342, Exp. 6/18/2024) – Eversource ROW tree removal, pole removal, new pole installations.
    • 31 Nash’s Mill Road (DEP #: 168-0347, Exp. 5/13/2027) - Greenfield Swimming Pool annual maintenance.
    • Area adjacent to the Greenfield 28W Substation on Power Court (DEP #: 168-0348, Exp. - 7/6/2025) Greenfield 28W Line Rebuild Project

Set Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Posted to: Conservation Comm.