PROCEDURES FOR POPPONESSET HOMEOWNERS ABUTTING BEACH, POND and COASTAL BANK AREA
How to avoid fines
For Popponesset Homeowners planning to do any landcaping, clearing, dumping, home improvements, etc... that abut beach, pond and coastal bank areas, please know you must work with the Mashpee Conservation Commission to obtain necessary permits.
The PBA has a very close and great working relationship with the Mashpee Conservation Commission and would like all homeowners to be aware of that relationship and to use us as a resource for any changes that you may be contemplating.
The PBA Board is happy to help answer questions regarding any improvements pertaining to any sensitive area or habitats, particularly around the pond, coastal bank and the beaches. There are numerous Conservation rules about fertilizers, application, time periods and what kinds of grass seed that can be used by landscapers as well as homeowners and we want to be sure that everyone is aware of them.
There are a number of examples of how working with Conn Comm and PBA can improve your property or vistas as well as the surrounding area and the environment for everyone including our aquatic and wildlife. One homeowner on the pond committed his own extensive time and money obtaining a Vista Pruning permit from the Town of Mashpee and working with Con-Comm, extradited the invasive weeds and plantings which helps the pond as well as the entire Popponesset Community. The area is owned by PBA and the work was approved in conjunction and with oversight from Con Comm as part of their permit. The homeowner has met all of his current requirements and they will be replanting at their expense, once the invasive weeds are killed off which will enhance the views for those walking, biking or strolling along the path. Win win for everyone.
On the other hand there have been clear cutting, illegal cutting and dumping issues by homeowners along the path that Con Comm is aware of and will be following closely as this is a fineable offense. Several incidents included Homeowners being fined and having to pay for removal or restoration of work they did without Mashpee Conservation Commission approval/permitting.
Dumping debris and leaves etc on PBA property or in or near the pond and beaches is also not allowed and by the Conservation Commission.
Please feel free to reach out to Mary Ann Newcomb, Chair of Pond Committee/Liasion with ConComm.
The next PBA Board of Directors Meeting will be held Saturday February 4, 2017.
Popponesset Homeowners are welcome to attend from 10-11am.
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