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Event takes place on May 12, 2016 at 6:15 PM until 8:00 PM
Sue Ellen Panitch River Access Center - 8 Oscar Street Holyoke, MA 01040

Conservation Commission

City of Holyoke

May 12, 2016

Sue Ellen Panitch River Access Center at Jones Ferry

8 Oscar Street


6:15 PM


  • New Business



  • Report out of 5:30 PM trip to City nursery


  • Continued Business


  • Notice of Intent:  DEP 186-0258
    • Applicant: Mount Tom Solar, LLC
    • Representative: Briony Angus, Tighe & Bond
    • Location: 200 Northampton Road
    • Description: Notice of Intent filed by Tighe & Bond, on behalf of Mt. Tom Solar, LLC, for the construction of a 5.8 MW ground-mounted solar array on 54 acres located at 200 Northampton Street (MBP 226-00-009).  Proposed development will require work within on-site wetland areas, specifically Bordering Land Subject to Flooding (approximately 19.5 acres) and Riverfront Area (1.15 Acres).  Fill in BLSF and compensatory storage are proposed.  A variance from the 100′ Buffer to BLSF has been requested, pursuant to the Holyoke Wetlands Ordinance   


  • Notice of Intent:  DEP 186-0257
    • Applicant: Holyoke Gas & Electric
    • Representative: Sarah LaRose, HG&E
    • Location: Log Pond Cove
    • Description: Notice of Intent has been for the management of water chestnut in Log Pond Cove, a 17 acre cove on the West bank of the Connecticut River ( MBP 071-00-020 & 064-00-001).  Proposed work involves a combination of chemical treatment, specifically the use of Clearcast Herbicide, and hand pulling 


  • Notice of Intent:  DEP 186-0256
    • Applicant: SHR Energy 
    • Representative: Steve Marsden
    • Location: Whitney Avenue
    • Description: Notice of Intent filed by Marsden Engineering, Inc. on behalf of SHR Energy Management LLC for the construction of a 659 KW solar facility located on a 7.5 acre parcel of land on Whitney Avenue ( Lot 7, MBP 176-00-003).  The construction of an access road is within the 100′ Buffer Zone of a Vegetated Wetland.  The Applicant is seeking limited project designation under Section 310 CMR 10.24 and 10.53 of the Massachusetts WPA and has requested a variance from the 50′ Buffer Zone performance standards under section VII.C.2.b of the Holyoke Wetlands Ordinance






  • Request for Determination of Applicability:  Pan Am Rail Corridor
    • Applicant: Pan Am Rail
    • Representative: Keith L Morris
    • Location: Pan Am Right-of-Way
    • Description: Request for Determination of Applicability filed by Keith Morris on behalf of Pan Am Railways to determine the location of sensitive resource areas that cannot be sprayed during annual vegetation managements along the entire Pan Am Rail Road right-of-way for the next five years.   The filing is available to the public for inspection (M-F, 8:30-4:30)



Other Business

  • Distribution of Applications – NOI for Mountain View Baptist Church
  • Scheduling site visits – Mountain View Baptist Church
  • Letter for ATV Use
  • City-Wide Clean-Up – May 21st 
  • Open Space meeting – May 26th
  • Minutes



  1. Adjourn

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