GROTON–The Conservation Commission has canceled its scheduled Aug. 3, 2009 meeting, the Office of Planning and Development Services said.

The Planning Commission has asked the Conservation Commission for an opinion as to whether it believes horseback and bicycle riding and dogs should be allowed in The Merritt Family Forest, a 75-acre parcel bought by the Groton Open Space Association in May 2008. GOSA is not permitting horses, dogs and bikes because of safety, liability and environmental considerations. The land is open to hikers and joggers.

The Planning Commission decided at its July 28, 2009 meeting to put off further consideration of the matter until the Conservation Commission had dealt with it. Planning Manager Matthew Davis had said in a memo to the Planning Commission June 9 that the state Department of Environmental Protection should require multi-use trails on the property. Such trails would allow horses, dogs and bikes.

The cancellation means that the Conservation Commission won’t have a chance to consider the matter until its Sept. 14 meeting. The Commission normally meets on the first Monday of the month, but Monday, Sept. 7, is Labor Day.