Conservation Commission

Covid meeting info

COVID-19 NHDES Wetlands Permitting Public Information Notice

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the citizens of New Hampshire, state agencies, and cities and towns are taking additional safety measures to protect our employees and customers. Because of the extra precautions to meet the CDC guidelines and the Governor’s order, Towns and cities have closed their offices to the general public.

Many of our wetland application processes start with a Town clerk signature (RSA 482-A:3, I(1)). In particular, the streamlined Wetland Permit by Notice and Expedited permit application processes require conservation commission waiver of signatures to meet RSA 482-A: 11, III(a).

Accordingly, the NHDES will accept emails from Town and City clerks, conservation commissions, Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC), and Rivers Council to serve as records of receipt and/or waiver of intervention for Wetland applications in lieu of wet signatures during this declared Corona emergency. To ensure these Town/city electronic authorizations connect to the right NHDES application, please include the Applicant name, Land owner name, Location address, Project Description to "DES.WetlandsTownConn@des.nh.gov (“DES: WetlandsTown Connect”) with Subject Line Town Connect. For coordination of your application review and email signature from the City of Laconia Conservation Commission, please email the Conservation/Planner Technician, or call 603-527-1264.

Please continue to send your application and plans directly to the NHDES at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302.

Conservation Commission Schedule

Conservation Commission Members

Name Position Term End
Dean Anson Chairman 2023
Deborah Williams Vice Chair 2021
Michael Foote Member 2021
Lisa Morin Member 2022
Marnie Schulz Member 2020
Wesley Bates Member 2021
Vacant Member  
Stacy Soucy Advisory Member -
Vacant Advisory Member -
For information about becoming a member/advisory member for the Laconia Conservation Commission, contact the Planning Department. 
 


Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

TO BE ADDED TO AN AGENDA, PLEASE SUBMIT MATERIALS A WEEK IN ADVANCE OF A CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING TO THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

As of December 2019, Conservation Commission Signature is Required for NHDES Wetland PBN Processing; "With the exception of the project types specified in Env-Wt 309.07(h), the Conservation Commission signature is necessary for NHDES to process this PBN within 10 days of receipt of an administratively complete application. If the Conservation Commission does not sign this statement for any reason where it is necessary, NHDES will process this PBN within 25 days of receipt of an administratively complete application."


About the Commission


The City of Laconia's Conservation Commission was established in August of 1987 to promote and preserve the areas natural resources, and to protect and manage the City's watershed resources and wildlife habitat areas. This seven member volunteer Commission, appointed by the City Council, is responsible for public outreach and education as well as managing the City owned conservation lands.

The Laconia Conservation Commission invites all private owners, developers, and other interested parties that would like to protect their open space lands for future generations to contact the Laconia Conservation Technician.


Responsibilities


The Conservation Commission is responsible for:
  • The preservation and protection of lands and forests for wildlife, water quality, and recreation in the City of Laconia.
  • Review of site plan and subdivision applications for compliance with state and local wetlands and shore land regulations. 
  • Recommendation conveyance to the City Planning Board for new projects moving through the City planning process in relation to environmental impacts and concerns. 
  • Outreach and education to the public concerning various environmental issues and information. 
  • ALL APPLICANTS FOR WETLAND CUPs:  Please keep in mind that the Conservation Commission only acts in an advisory position and has no judiciary capabilities. 
Helpful Resources
For inquiries please email or call the Conservation Technician or Planning Department at 603-527-1264.