Town of Harvard, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Harvard 3-5-1966 by Art. 53. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Operation of vehicles — See Ch. 107.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 140, Art. I.
No person shall leave any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked, junked, or unregistered motor vehicle on any publicly maintained way within the Town.
No person in charge or control of any property within the Town, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall allow more than one unregistered motor vehicle to remain on such property, except as provided in §§ 110-3 and 110-4 of this bylaw.
A. 
The Select Board may issue a permit to keep, store, or allow more than one such motor vehicle to remain on such property after said Board has held a public hearing thereon, first causing at least 14 days' notice of the time, place and subject matter of such hearing to be given at the expense of the applicant by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town and registered mail to each of the persons appearing upon the Assessors' most recent valuation list as the owners of property abutting the property in question. Said Board shall not issue such a permit unless it finds that the presence of more than one such motor vehicle on such property:
[Amended 10-22-2018 STM by Art. 1]
(1) 
Will not nullify or substantially derogate from the intent or purpose of this bylaw; and
(2) 
Will not constitute a hazard to the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town; and
(3) 
Will not adversely affect the neighborhood in which such property is situated.
B. 
Each such permit shall:
(1) 
Specify the maximum number of such motor vehicles that may be kept, stored or allowed to remain on such property;
(2) 
Be limited to a reasonable period of time not exceeding two years; and
(3) 
Be a personal privilege of the applicant and not a grant attached to and running with the land.
This bylaw shall not apply with regard to a motor vehicle in an enclosed building; a motor vehicle on the property of a holder of a class license under Section 58 of Chapter 140 of the Massachusetts General Laws; a motor vehicle on the property of a farming or business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner when necessary to the operation of such enterprise; or a motor vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the Town.
[Amended 5-1-2010 ATM, Art. 40]
Any person who continues to violate the provisions of this bylaw after 30 days following receipt by him of written notice of such violation from the Police Department shall be liable for a penalty not exceeding $20 for each offense. Each day that any violation is allowed to continue after said thirty-day period shall constitute a separate offense. If any person continues to violate the provisions of this bylaw after 60 days following receipt by him of written notice of such violation from the Police Department, the Chief of Police may pursue the appropriate legal process or processes for the removal and storage of any and all vehicles identified in the violation notice, at the expense of the owner(s) of said vehicle(s).