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ss 14-1. Definitive plan of subdivision - Required.
ss 14-2. Same - Investigation and approval; submission of warrant article for acceptance of public way.
ss 14-3. Board of appeals.
Section 14-1. Definitive plan of subdivision - Required. No person shall make a subdivision within the meaning of the subdivision control law of any land within the town or proceed with the improvement or sale of lots in a subdivision or the construction of ways or the installation of municipal services therein unless a definitive plan of such subdivision has been submitted and approved by the planning board, according to the rules and regulations governing the subdivision of land in the town. (Bylaws 1960, art. 24,, ss l;3-28-66.)
Section 14-2. Same - Investigation and approval; submission of warrant article for acceptance of public way. Whenever a definitive plan has been submitted to the planning board, the planning board shall notify the board of selectmen, who shall thereupon notify the superintendent of streets, and it shall be the duty of the latter to confer with the chairman of the planning board and the developer to determine required improvements and estimated costs, to inspect and report on the installation of required improvements such as domestic and storm sewers, street layout, road beds and grades and surface treatment. It shall be the duty of the superintendent of streets to notify the planning board of any installation which does not meet the requirements of the subdivision control law, and the planning board shall make the subdivider cease operations until the requirements of the subdivision control law are met. Upon completion of the subdivision, the planning board shall submit a warrant article to the town meeting members requesting acceptance as a public way. (Bylaws 1960, art. 24, ss l; 3-28-66.)
Section 14-3. Board of appeals. 2 The town hereby appoints the presently existing board of appeals administering to the town zoning bylaws to be and act as the board of appeals to administer to the subdivision control laws as adopted by the town in accordance with chapter 41, section 81Z of the General Laws. (5-22-63.) 1. For law of the commonwealth as to subdivision control law, see G.L., c. 41, ss 81K to 81GG. As to laying out town ways for acceptance generally, see ss 13-7 of this Code. As to acceptance of older unaccepted streets and private ways, see ss 13-8. As to zoning generally, see ch. 15. 2. For law of the commonwealth requiring town to appoint a board of appeals, see G.L., c. 41, ss 81Z. As to board of appeals generally, see G.L., c. 41, ss 81Z to 81CC. As to zoning board of appeals, see ss 15-25 to 15-27 of this Code.
The following index has been prepared by the Town Clerk's office to aid in the search for specific areas of information. In some areas it may not be all inclusive, and it is recommended that a thorough search of the material be conducted because all items may not be cross referenced or cross indexed.