What is the buffer zone?
The buffer zone is a term used in both the Wetlands Protection Act and the Manchester Wetlands By-law. The buffer zone is the area that extends 100 feet perpendicularly from one of the resource areas listed above. The buffer zone is not a resource area itself. Vegetation, pervious soils, and natural grades often serve to buffer a resource area from the impacts of development. Although, activities in the buffer zone require a filing with the Commission, many of these activities are allowed. Those with no impact to the adjacent resource areas usually require no mitigation measures. Those activities in the buffer zone that could potentially impact the adjacent resource area must be mitigated. Activities that cannot be mitigated, cannot be permitted.

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1. Do I need to file?
2. Can someone help me fill out these forms?
3. What is the buffer zone?
4. Where can I get a map of the trails in Manchester?
5. How long does it take to get a permit?
6. How do I notify abutters?
7. Can I cut down trees in or near a wetland?
8. Can I clean out my stream?
9. Do I need to file for landscaping?
10. I don't know whether I have a wetland near me. How can I tell?