Conservation Commission


The Conservation Commission focuses on conservation planning which includes planning for open space. The commission is advisory and does not issue "permits" for development, rather its members make recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Selectmen, and others regarding planned open spaces, greenways, and similar subjects. The Conservation Commission's mission is to preserve the rural character of Ellington by acquisition and protection of open space, farms, forests, lakes, and streams.

Members are appointed to 4-year terms and alternates are appointed to 2-year terms.


In 2014, by formal resolution of the Board of Selectmen, Ellington became a C-PACE community. C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) makes green energy upgrades accessible and affordable to commercial, industrial, non-profit and multi-family property owners. C-PACE, administered by Connecticut Green Bank, offers 100% financing for a wide range of energy improvements, so building owners can modernize their buildings, lower their energy costs, and increase their bottom line.

Use this link to find regulations, application forms, guides, and other helpful information for the Planning Department and its boards and commissions. Use the "CC" tab to find information specific to the Conservation Commission.

Volunteer Opportunities

Conservation Commission Member

Are you interested in open space and farmland preservation? If so, consider becoming a member of the Ellington Conservation Commission. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Ellington First Selectman's Office at 860-870-3100.

Ellington Hockanum River Trail Subcommittee Member

Are you interested in helping the Ellington Hockanum River Trail Subcommittee maintain existing trails? If so, contact Ann Harford, Subcommittee and Conservation Commission member, at 860-872-0406, or by email; or, contact Lisa M. Houlihan, Town Planner, 860-870-3120.