Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

Most of the land in Bethlehem contains wetlands or watercourses and therefore its use is regulated by the the Inland Wetlands Agency. While streams and ponds are obvious targets for protection, the regulations also define wetland soils, setback areas, and buffer zones. Property owners should familiarize themselves with the published regulations and consult the agency before any construction projects begin. The Agency holds regular meetings on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 PM, in the Town Hall Lower Conference Room. Elected members of the Agency discuss existing local and State regulations and their application to the use of land in Bethlehem. The Agency invites anyone interested in the our regulations and the use of land in Bethlehem to join us at our meetings, or to contact the Land Use Coordinator.