What is a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA)?

RDAs are used for small projects outside wetland areas where the applicant requests the Conservation Commission to determine if the Wetlands Protection Act or the Town Wetland Bylaw is applicable to the proposed work activity.  Prior to altering existing conditions or conducting work within any resource area a RDA should be filed.  Minor projects with proper protective measures, such as siltation fence, may be dispositioned using a RDA.  Minor projects may include construction of a deck on pilings that are installed by hand.