As provided by M.G.L. Ch. 44, § 53G, the Needham Conservation Commission may impose and collect reasonable fees for the employment of outside consultants, engaged by the Conservation Commission, for specific expert services deemed necessary by the Commission to adequately review an application submitted to the Conservation Commission pursuant to the requirements of the Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Ch. 131, § 40), the Needham General Wetlands Protection By-Law, Article 6, the Conservation Commission Act (M.G.L. Ch. 40 § 8C) or any other state or municipal statute, ordinance or regulation, as they may be amended or enacted from time to time.
The Conservation Commission will impose a consultant fee on those applications which, as designated by the Conservation Commission, require the services of outside consultants for the review process due to the size, scale, complexity or potential impacts of a proposed project or because the Town lacks the necessary expertise to perform the review work related to the permit or approval. Subject to applicable exemptions, the Conservation Commission shall follow the requirements of the Uniform Procurement Act, M.G.L. Ch. 30B, §4(b), for consultant services more than $4,999.99, but less than $25,000.00 and shall follow the requirements of M.G.L. Ch. 30B, §5, for consultant services more than $25,000.00.
Pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 44, § 53G, the Conservation Commission, through this regulation, provides for an applicant's payment of the fees for outside consultants as set forth below: