The Conservation Commission (CC) focuses on conservation planning, which includes planning for open space. The CC 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 CC'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.
The Ellington Conservation Commission is dedicated to Conserving Ellington’s Natural Resources. One of the most important natural resources is water supply. The Conservation Commission works with the Connecticut Water Company to help promote protection of the local water supply. According to Connecticut Water, during summer months watering yards can account for 50% of total water use. Simple steps can be taken in everyday outdoor life to significantly reduce water consumption. See attached for helpful tips.
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. For more information, click here.