On March 5, 2012, Town meeting dissolved the former Conservation Commission which was originally formed at a Town Meeting on March 7, 1972 and replaced it with a new Conservation and Agriculture Commission. The new commission was authorized by ordinance passed at that meeting.
The charge of the commission is in part: "The Commission shall extol the role of Lebanon's natural resources and agriculture as major contributors to the Town’s quality of life and the economy. The Commission will advocate for conservation and agricultural issues before non-profit agencies, civic organizations, municipal boards and commissions, elected officials and residents. All appointments shall be made by the Board of Selectmen." For a full description, see the ordinance (link below).
The Commission shall consist of 7 Regular Members and 3 alternate members. The original regular members shall serve for the following terms:
Two for one year terms
Two for two year terms
Three for three year terms
Thereafter, each regular shall be re-appointed to serve for three years.
In 2015, Lebanon was awarded COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR by the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association “in recognition of its on-going efforts to preserve its agricultural-based economy and town character”.
Sets policy for the Town of Lebanon to conserve, protect and encourage the maintenance and improvement of agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products and for its natural and ecological value. (2009).