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PREAMBLE: PURPOSE
The Subdivision Control Law, Massachusetts General Laws, c. 41, §§81K_81GG, was enacted for the purpose of protecting the safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the cities and towns in which it has been put into effect by (1) regulating the laying out and construction of ways in subdivisions providing access to the lots therein; and (2) ensuring sanitary conditions in subdivisions and, in proper cases, parks and open areas.  

The powers of the Planning Board under the Subdivision Control Law are intended to be exercised with due regard for:


a.
the provision of adequate access to all of the lots in a subdivision by ways that will be safe and convenient for travel;

b.
lessening congestion in such ways and in the adjacent public ways;

c.
reducing danger to life and limb in the operation of motor vehicles;

d.
securing safety in the case of fire, flood, panic and other emergencies;

e.
ensuring compliance with the applicable zoning bylaw;

f.
securing adequate provisions for water, sewerage, drainage, underground utility services, fire, police, and other similar municipal equipment, and street lighting and other requirements where necessary in a subdivision; and

g.
coordinating the ways in a subdivision with each other and with the public ways in the city or town in which it is located and with the ways in neighboring subdivisions.

Any subdivision plan filed with the Planning Board shall receive the approval of the Planning Board if the plan conforms to the recommendations of the Board of Health and to these Rules and Regulations; provided, however, that, pursuant to M.G.L. c.41, §81R and section VIII.A of these Rules and Regulations, the Planning Board may, when appropriate, waive such portions of the rules and regulations as it deems advisable.



 
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