Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 9 of chapter 40A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the eighth paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
Zoning ordinances or by-laws shall provide that special permits shall only be issued following public hearings held within sixty-five days after the filing of an application with the special permit granting authority, a copy of which shall forthwith be given to the city or town clerk by the applicant; and may provide that certain classes of special permits shall be issued by one special permit granting authority and others by another special permit granting authority as provided in the ordinance or by-law. Such special permit granting authority shall adopt, and from time to time amend, rules relative to the issuance of such permits, and shall file a copy of said rules in the office of the city or town clerk. Such rules shall prescribe a size, form, content, style and number of copies of plans and specifications and the procedure for a submission and approval of such permits. Special permit granting authorities shall act within ninety days following a public hearing for which notice has been given by publication or posting as provided in section eleven, and by mailing to all parties in interest, provided, however, a city council having more than five members designated to act upon such a permit may appoint a committee of such council to hold the public hearing. Failure by a special permit granting authority to take final action upon an application for a special permit within said ninety days following the date of public hearing shall be deemed to be a grant of the permit applied for. The special permit granting authority shall cause to be made a detailed record of its proceedings, indicating the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and setting forth clearly the reason or reasons for its decision and of its official actions, copies of all of which shall be filed within fourteen days of such proceedings in the office of the city or town clerk and shall be a public record. Notice of such decision shall be mailed forthwith to the petitioner, applicant or appellant, to the parties in interest designated in section eleven, and to every person present at the hearing who requested that notice be sent to him and stated the address to which the notice was to be sent. Each such notice shall specify that appeals, if any, shall be made pursuant to section seventeen and shall be filed within twenty days after the date of filing of such notice in the office of city or town clerk. Special permits issued by a special permit granting authority shall require a two-thirds vote of boards with more than five members, a vote of at least four members of a five member board and a unanimous vote of a three member board.