2017 Proposed Wetland Bylaw

March 31, 2017                                                      
To the Residents of Ayer,

The Ayer Conservation Commission began updating our wetlands bylaw to bring before Town Meeting in the Spring of 2017. The Commission believes that we need to protect our wetlands in a manner more specific to the needs and challenges of our Town than provided for in the State’s law. Based the feedback received, the Commission now intends to bring the new bylaw proposal before the Autumn Town Meeting. The issues the Commission wishes to study further are the topics of intermittent streams, and how best to balance the need to respect the rights of homeowners to manage their property as they see fit, with the need to protect the wetland and water resources which contribute so much to the character of our town, and the quality of our lives.

We invite you to be part of this process as we continue work to develop a bylaw that will serve Ayer and its citizens effectively.

The Conservation Commission has held, and will be holding several more meetings dedicated solely to this topic, which will be scheduled soon. These meetings will be at the Ayer Town Hall, and the Commission is actively seeking your input.

If you cannot attend any of the upcoming meetings, please call the number below, or email, and we will bring your concerns, suggestions, and ideas forward in the next meeting. Alternatively, you may fill in the comment form.

Thank you,
The Ayer Conservation Commission
William Daniels, Chair
concom@ayer.ma.us
978-772-8249