Town of Fairhaven, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Fairhaven 3-23-1957 by Art. 52 (Ch. VI of the 1934 Bylaws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Planning Board rules and regulations — See Division 3.
There shall be a Planning Board of eight members under the provisions of MGL c. 41, § 81A, with all of the powers and duties provided therein. Two members shall be elected at each annual town election for a term of four years.
Vacancies occurring in the Board shall be filled in accordance with MGL c. 41, § 81A.
The duties of such Board shall be such as are stated in MGL c. 41, §§ 81A to 81J, and further to consider and advise upon municipal improvements, either at the request of other officials of the town or upon its own initiative. The Board shall meet at regular intervals. It may also hold public meetings. It shall at all times have access to all public documents or information in the possession of any town official or department. It shall examine the plans for the exterior of any public building, monument or similar feature and for the development and treatment of the grounds about the same before the adoption thereof, and may make such recommendations thereon as it may deem needful. It may make investigations and studies relative to new street and park developments. It may provide for public lectures and other educational work in connection with its recommendations. Said Board may incur expenses necessary to the carrying on of its work within the amount of its annual appropriation.
All plans for laying out, extending, discontinuing or changing the limits of any way, street, public park or square and every purchase of land for the site of public buildings, and all plans for the location, erection or alteration of public buildings, shall be submitted to said Board for its opinion. No public way shall be laid out, altered, relocated or discontinued, unless the proposed laying out, alteration, relocation or discontinuance has been referred to the Planning Board and such Board has reported thereon or has allowed 45 days to elapse after such reference without submitting its report (MGL c. 41, § 81-I).
Such Board shall make a report to the town annually, giving information regarding the conditions of the town and any plans or proposals for the development of the town and estimates of the cost thereof. Such report shall be sent to the Selectmen not later than such time in January in each year as Selectmen may prescribe or as may be prescribed by law in force relative to reports, and a copy thereof shall be filed with the appropriate state agency.
[Added 5-11-1994 ATM by Art. 35]
The Planning Board will be responsible for administration of the Subdivision Control Law, MGL c. 41, §§ 81-K through 81-GG, the purpose of subdivision control being to protect the safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of Fairhaven by regulating the laying out and construction of ways which provide access to the lots within a subdivision as provided for under MGL c. 41, § 81-M.
[Added 5-11-1994 ATM by Art. 35]
The Planning Board will be responsible for the initiation of new zoning bylaws or amendments in accordance with MGL c. 40A, § 5, and will hold public hearings for this purpose in accordance with MGL c. 40A, § 11.
[Added 5-11-1994 ATM by Art. 35]
The Planning Board shall, in accordance with MGL c. 41, § 81-D, make a Master Plan of Fairhaven, or such part or parts thereof as said Board may deem advisable, and from time to time may extend or perfect such plan.
Such plan shall be a statement, through text, maps, illustrations or other forms of communication, that is designed to provide a basis for decisionmaking regarding the long-term physical development of Fairhaven.
[Added 5-11-1994 ATM by Art. 35]
The Planning Board may, when funds are appropriated by Town Meeting, engage the services of professional consultants or planners who will assist it in zoning and subdivision reform in keeping with the present and future needs of Fairhaven. Such assistants will be hired and remain under the direct control of the Planning Board.