SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 652 of the acts of 1981 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding section 32 to 37 of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance may release an agricultural use restriction and right of reverter created pursuant to chapter 652 of the acts of 1981 and reserved in a deed recorded with the Worcester county registry of deeds in book 12468, page 230.
(b) The consideration for the release shall be the full and fair market value of the restriction as determined by the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance on the basis of an independent appraisal commissioned by commissioner; provided, that the commissioner may determine such value as though the land were vacant. The commissioner shall submit the appraisal and a report thereon to the inspector general. The inspector general shall review and the appraisal and the review shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for the appraisal. The inspector general shall prepare a report of the review and file the report with the commissioner. The commissioner shall submit copies of the appraisal, the report thereon and the inspector general’s review and approval and comments, if any, to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight prior to the execution of any grant of release authorized in this act.
(c) The recipient of the release shall assume all costs associated with engineering, surveys, appraisals, deed preparation and other expenses deemed necessary by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance to execute the conveyances authorized in this section.
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