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This photo, taken in September  2017, shows a previously wooded lot on Jerusalem Road that was recently clear cut, including all vegetation and an estimated 30-40 mature trees.

The August 2017 Land Alteration Management Bylaw is a general bylaw that promotes sound planning and responsible land development.  Its intent is to limit clear cutting of trees and the extreme modification of undeveloped lots that have no man-made structures.   


If a party wants to develop a lot to 1) add a building, 2) regrade, 3) remove rock ledge above two feet or 4) clear and reduce the ground vegetation and trees down to 2 inches or less, he or she will have to obtain a Site Alteration Permit from the Planning Board.


This law:


  • Requires thoughtful land development and improved site planning processes to conform a building better to the land;
  • Encourages preservation of practical existing trees and vegetation and protection of land from damage during site development;
  • Prevents erosion and sedimentation, and better controls water runoff;
  •  Thwarts fragmentation of wildlife habitat and loss of vegetation;
  • Helps retain the physical town characteristics and limits how much developers can alter these valued features (like rock ledge).


To read more, please click the link below the photo at right.