The Parks and Open Space Division is responsible for the administration of environmental laws and policies, open space protection and management, water management, preservation of natural features of the environment, and coordination for joint action with many town bodies.
The Brookline Conservation Commission administers and enforces the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act, and the Brookline Wetlands Protection By-Law through its review of permit applications and issuance of Determinations of Applicability, Orders of Conditions, Certificates of Compliance, and Enforcement Orders. The commission also administers the Federal Flood Protection Program. It initiates and helps guide studies concerning open space, water quality, flooding, and other aspects of local environmental quality. The Commission's general meeting schedule is the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
It prepares and oversees implementation of the town's Open Space Plan and manages conservation areas owned and conservation restrictions held by the town. The division seeks and administers grants from state agencies and other sources to support the town's environmental protection efforts, and guides many volunteer open space maintenance and improvement activities.