1Description

Administrative body created by local legislatures to advise on the development, management and protection of local natural resources.

2Purpose

To inventory/study and protect local natural resources. CAC can become a Conservation Board with power to review development proposals and assess impacts. Can help with the open space part of comprehensive plan. Can advise in regard to techniques: acquisition, cluster, overlay, critical environmental area designation and can help with mitigation strategies.

3Issues

Only advisory. To be effective, careful coordination and cooperation from other entities is required.

Capacity Requirements:

  1. Natural resource inventory requires time, energy and resources, especially for data gathering.
  2. Burden of new administrative body.

4Advantages

If supported by the local legislature and other administrative entities, CACs and conservation boards can play a large role in shaping policy in the comprehensive plan, prioritizing areas for protection/acquisition, and developing new zoning design guidelines.