Conservation Commission

Applications and Plans Submissions

All applications, including plans, submitted to the Conservation Commission must be in PDF or similar format. A paper copy of the full application packet and payment of fees must also be provided. Submissions must be made at least 14 days prior to the public hearing date (excluding holidays). The deadline to act on the application does not start until both the PDF documents are received. The Commission meets on the last Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted on the Conservation web page. The Abutter Notification Form and Affidavit of Service Form have been updated to include Town Hall attendance and Zoom meeting remote attendance instructions. Please use these forms for all Conservation Commission applications that require public hearings (RDA’s, ANRAD’s, NOI’s).

About the Commission

Seven volunteer Hanover residents are required for a full Conservation Commission-five voting members, and two associate members.  Each member is appointed by the Town Manager for a period of three years with approval from the Selectboard.  Their mission is to protect the natural resources of the Town of Hanover.  In order to do so, their actions are based on State and local wetlands protection laws.  Permits are issued contingent on the type and extent of each project.

Conservation Commission members attend an average of 12 meetings throughout the year.  Currently, the Commission meets regularly on the last Wednesday of every month.  In order to make informed decisions, members also attend scheduled site inspections. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Sandra MacFarlane Conservation Agent 781-826-6505 (Email preferred: sandra.macfarlane@hanover-ma.gov)

Board Members

Name Title
Lisa Satterwhite Vice Chairman
Robert Sennett Hearing Officer
James Vaille Commissioner
Brian McLoone Chairman
Mahendra Patel Commissioner
Otis (Duke) Magoun Associate Member
David Sawin Associate Member