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 1986 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the eighth paragraph the following paragraph:-
Zoning ordinances or by-laws may provide for associate members of a planning board when a planning board has been designated as a special permit granting authority. One associate member may be authorized when the planning board consists of five members, and two associate members may be authorized when the planning board consists of more than five members. A city or town which establishes the position of associate member shall determine the procedure for filling such position. If provision for filling the position of associate member has been made, the chairman of the planning board may designate an associate member to sit on the board for the purposes of acting on a special permit application, in the case of absence, inability to act, or conflict of interest, on the part of any member of the planning board or in the event of a vacancy on the board.