The Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation, WPA Form 4A, (ANRAD) provides a procedure for an applicant to confirm the delineation of a Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW). If an ANRAD is filed for a BVW delineation, confirmation of other resource areas may also be requested provided the other resource area boundaries are identified on the plans which accompany the BVW boundary delineation.
The filing of an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation is optional. However, any work within an area subject to the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act may not proceed until either a Negative Determination of Applicability or a final Order of Conditions has been issued by the Conservation Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection. If an applicant is uncertain as to whether the Wetlands Protection Act applies to a particular area of land or to specific work planned on a particular area of land, he or she may file a Request for Determination of Applicability, RDA, (WPA Form 1) instead of WPA Form 4A. Also, an applicant may file a Notice of Intent, NOI, (WPA Form 3) or, in limited circumstances, an Abbreviated Notice of Intent (WPA Form 4) and, as part of that permitting process, seek confirmation from the Conservation Commission of delineated wetland resource area boundaries.
The applicant is responsible for providing the information required for the review of this application to the issuing authority (Conservation Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection). The submittal of a complete and accurate description of the site will minimize requests for additional information by the issuing authority which may result in an unnecessary delay in the issuance of an Order of Resource Area Delineation.
To complete this form, the applicant should refer to the Wetlands Protection Act regulations (310 CMR 10.00). These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore.