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


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.


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.


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.


Conservation Advisory Councils and Boards

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