How will the presence of a wetland affect the home I’m building or the landscaping I’m planning?

Under Sherborn Wetlands Regulations, the first 50 feet from the vegetative wetland border is deemed a “no alteration” zone where no  activity is permitted. The second 50 feet from the wetland border are considered “the buffer zone” where limited, or temporary, alterations may be permitted but permanent alterations and building typically are not. The presumption is that any activity within 100 feet of a wetland will increase siltation and run-off, interfere with the hydrology, and damage wildlife habitat. Since our town relies on residential wells for our water supply, the town adopted the Sherborn Wetlands By-Law which is more stringent than state law.