Inland Wetlands Commission

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April 8, 2020 Meeting Transcript

Name Term Phone Address
Eva Besmer (D) 02/05/2018 to 02/28/2022 (203) 453-8797 21 Spencer Avenue
Scott Williams (D-Conservation Rep) 03/02/2020 to 02/28/2022 (203) 457-9676 32 County Road
Jeffrey Parker (D) 02/05/2018 to 02/28/2022 (860)-810-3679 159 Saddle Hill Drive
Vacancy (R) 08/06/2018 to 02/28/2020
Vacancy (R) 03/05/2018 to 02/28/2022
Kevin Clark (R-Chair) 10/02/2017 to 02/28/2021 (203) 457-8754 1165 Great Hill Road
Vacancy (PZC Rep) 02/04/2014 to 02/28/2018
Vacancy (R-alt) 04/04/2016 to 02/28/2020
Jennifer Newton Blackwell (D) 03/02/2020 to 02/28/2024 (203) 747-5863 288 Laurelbrook Drive
Wendy Furniss (D-alt) 03/02/2020 to 02/28/2024 (203) 533-5030 14 Beech Road

APPLICATION FOR INLAND WETLANDS AND WATER COURSES ACT – PUBLIC ACT 155 (You must also fill out and attach with your application the DEP Statewide Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Activity Reporting Form)


ESTABLISHED: Established by ordinance adopted by the Board of Selectmen, October 23, 1973. Membership increased by ordinance adopted by the Board of Selectmen June 3, 1974. Alternate members established by ordinance adopted by the Board of Selectmen March 16, 1982. Town ordinance provides for the IWC to have seven regular members and three alternates. One member is also a member of and designated b the Conservation Commission; another also serves on and is designated by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The following guidelines are suggested to support the recruitment and appointment of Guilford citizens to the IWC. They describe the responsibilities, skills, knowledge, and experience which are most likely to contribute substantively to the Commission’s work. Many citizens, motivated by a strong commitment to the IWC’s purpose, may acquire this knowledge and skill after appointment.

PURPOSE: The Town of Guilford established the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission in 1973 to implement and enforce all provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes as regards to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act. The IWC adopts and amends regulations in accordance with the IWW Act. Those Regulations state that Inland Wetlands and Watercourses are an “indispensable and irreplaceable but fragile natural resource” and part of an “interrelated web of nature…” The IWC approves boundaries of wetlands and watercourses , and determines terms, conditions, limitations or modifications, or denials for all regulated activities on inland wetlands and watercourses and in applicable review areas.

ELECTED/APPOINTED: Appointed by the Board of Selectmen upon recommendation of Town Committees.

MEMBERSHIP: Seven regular members. Three alternate members. Officers include Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary. There are no sub-committees.

LENGTH OF TERM: Four-year term.

MEETING DATE/TIME/PLACE: Regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must be registered to vote in Guilford, and should be available to attend evening meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Candidates should be able to become familiar with application site conditions, for example by participating in site walks. Walks are usually held the Saturday morning preceding the Regular Meeting week. They may occasionally be up to three miles in length, often are on uneven terrain, and are conducted in varying conditions of temperature and precipitation. Additional walks and meetings are occasionally scheduled, dependent on workload. Candidates should be willing to serve a term of up to four consecutive years.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: A Commissioner should have a demonstrated interest in, or knowledge of, concepts and subjects associated with the Commission’s purpose, and should be willing to participate in occasional workshops and training. Such training addresses relevant state statutes, geographical and topographical map reading, site plan interpretation, drainage systems and infrastructure, reasonable and prudent alternatives in siting and construction, wetlands ecology, soil science, etc.

Familiarity with the Guilford Plan of Conservation and Development and an appreciation for environmental economic issues is valuable. Commissioners must adhere to prescribed administrative, public hearing, and Freedom of Information processes. The Commission’s work is, in part, educational, and largely with the public. Commissioners are expected to demonstrate respectful and cooperative relationships among members, with Town Staff, and with the public. Meeting process and communication skills are helpful.