What is the difference between a Conservation Easement, Conservation Open Space, and Current Use?
  • Conservation Easement: voluntary, legal agreement between the City and private landowner that permanently limits the use of land in order to protect its conservation values. If you are interested in learning more, or potentially looking to have a conservation easement on your property, please contact the Conservation Technician. 

  • Conservation Open SpacePer, 234-40.B.(6)(f)[2][c]: Land in cluster developments with the designation of conservation open space is required for significant or unique environmentally sensitive areas, including but not limited to wetlands, wildlife habitat, endangered flora/fauna, stream beds and water bodies, significant stands of trees, scenic vistas, archeological sites and graveyards. Land area within conservation open space shall permanently remain in its natural state except for maintenance and access to archeological sites and graveyards.  

 The following are permitted uses, per 235-40.B.(4)(b)[3]: 

[a] Recreational vehicle access crossings. 

[b] Pedestrian trail systems. 

[c] Buffer area: perimeter, wetlands waterbody, shoreline. 

  • Current Use: A program under the NH Department of Revenue (RSA 79-A) to incentivize property owners to conserve their undeveloped land (typically at least 10 acres in size) by receiving a tax break. For more information see the Assessor’s page,  here.

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1. Does my project proposal need to go before the Conservation Commission?
2. Do I need a local permit to cut trees?
3. What is the difference between pervious and impervious surfaces?
4. What is green space and how do I calculate the square footage of green space on my property?
5. What is the difference between a Conservation Easement, Conservation Open Space, and Current Use?
6. How do I get in contact with the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services?