SECTION 1. Notwithstanding chapters 79 and 82 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the town of Natick may employ the procedure hereinafter set out for municipal acceptance of roads constructed within a subdivision in accordance with a definitive subdivision plan that has been approved pursuant to the subdivision control law, as defined in section 81K of chapter 41 of the General Laws.
The board of selectmen of the town of Natick shall hold a public hearing, after first giving (i) written notice by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the owner of record of each property abutting the road or roads, as appears from the records of the town of Natick assessors, and (ii) notice by publication in a newspaper of local circulation at least 7 days prior to the hearing. The records of the town of Natick assessors shall be conclusive for purposes of this act. The sole purpose of the public hearing shall be to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept the road or roads as a public way. If said board of selectmen determines, after the public hearing, that it is in the public interest to accept the road or roads, they shall so vote, by a majority vote, and place an article on the warrant for the next annual or special town meeting for acceptance of the road or roads.
Upon a two-thirds vote of town meeting to accept the road or roads, said board of selectmen shall prepare for recording at the Middlesex county registry of deeds an order of acceptance setting forth the vote of the town meeting. The order of acceptance shall contain a description of or reference to a plan showing the boundaries and measurements of the road or roads, which may be an existing approved and recorded definitive subdivision plan. The order of acceptance shall be recorded within thirty (30) days following the town meeting vote and, upon recordation, shall operate to vest ownership of a permanent roadway easement in the road or roads for all purposes for which public ways are commonly used in the town of Natick, together with ownership of all utility, drainage, access and other easements shown on the plan and specifically identified in the order of acceptance, as well as all pipes, structures and other improvements located therein, in the town of Natick with no additional notice or other action required. No owner or interest holder of land abutting a road so accepted or subject to an easement shown on said plan shall have any claim for compensation against the town of Natick on account of said acceptance.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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