Town of Groton, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Groton 1-12-2004, as amended 2-9-2004 and 9-26-2005. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for accepting a private way as a public Town road for the Town of Groton.
[Amended 10-1-2018 ATM by Art. 14]
A. 
The Select Board shall begin the process of having a private road accepted by the Town after receiving a letter from the Planning Board releasing the performance bond and recommending that the Select Board lay out a road.
B. 
The Select Board may receive a request from an owner/developer to have a road accepted by the Town. The Select Board shall forward the request to the Planning Board for its recommendation.
A. 
The owner/developer must submit the following prior to the Select Board scheduling a road layout:
[Amended 10-1-2018 ATM by Art. 14]
(1) 
One Mylar, signed by the Planning Board. The Mylar must have a space for the endorsement of the plan by a majority of the members of the Planning Board, as follows:
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Being a majority of the Groton Planning Board
(2) 
Four as-built plans (one for Town Clerk, one for Town Counsel, two for Select Board’s office) and one eleven-inch-by-seventeen-inch copy.
(3) 
The owner/developer must deposit a cash bond in the amount of $1,200 for each private way, to be deposited in a revolving fund to reimburse the Town for any legal costs associated with the road layout and road taking.
(4) 
Submit a list of abutters certified by the Board of Assessors.
(5) 
The owner/developer will reimburse the Town for the cost of publication of the legal notice and the cost of postage for the certified mailing upon receipt of an invoice.
B. 
After Town Meeting and prior to recording at the registry, the owner/developer and mortgagees must sign the eminent domain release.
C. 
The owner must provide a title certificate or title search of the property.
A. 
After receiving the letter from the Planning Board and the written request from the owner/developer, Mylar, as-built plans, cash bond, and certified list of abutters from the owner/developer, the Select Board will determine a hearing date for the road layout.
[Amended 10-1-2018 ATM by Art. 14]
(1) 
The legal notice of the public hearing on the intention to lay out the road must appear in a local newspaper at least seven days prior to the hearing.
(2) 
The Town will mail the public hearing notice to abutters by certified mail and a copy to the owner/developer, Highway Surveyor and Planning Board.
B. 
The Select Board will hold the road layout hearing.
[Amended 10-1-2018 ATM by Art. 14]
C. 
The Select Board will forward a copy of the plan and a copy of the executed layout order to the Planning Board.
[Amended 10-1-2018 ATM by Art. 14]
D. 
The Select Board will forward a copy of the plan and the original executed layout order to the Town Clerk at least seven days prior to Town Meeting.
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Town Meeting action.
(1) 
The Select Board will prepare and submit an article (after the road layout approval) to the next Town Meeting to accept a private way as a public way.
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(2) 
A two-thirds vote of Town Meeting is required.
F. 
After Town Meeting, the Select Board will send a copy of the layout order, certified vote of Town Meeting, the Mylar and paper plan to Town Counsel to prepare the order of taking, eminent domain release and notice of taking by eminent domain.
[Amended 10-1-2018 ATM by Art. 14]
(1) 
Town Counsel will prepare an order of taking, which must be issued by the Select Board within 120 days of Town Meeting vote.
(2) 
Signed original Order of Taking, Eminent Domain Releases, Notice of Taking by Eminent Domain sent to Town Counsel to be recorded at the Registry of Deeds within 30 days of issuing Order of Taking.
(3) 
Layout Order, Mylar and certified vote of Town Meeting, which was previously sent to Town Counsel, is also recorded at the Registry.
G. 
After recording, any monies remaining in the cash bond will be returned to the owner/developer.