Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The Lincoln housing commission established by chapter three hundred and fifty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and seventy-nine shall have the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes of the relevant provisions of the General Laws as if said commission was a housing authority organized under the provisions of chapter one hundred and twenty-one B of the General Laws, subject to the following limitations:
A. With respect to the organization of the commission and the election of its members, the following provisions shall apply:
(1) Of the members of the commission currently serving, one has been elected to a term expiring in nineteen hundred and ninety-one, two have been elected to terms expiring in nineteen hundred and ninety-two, one has been appointed by the board of selectmen to a term expiring in nineteen hundred and ninety-four, and one has been appointed by the department of community affairs to a term expiring in nineteen hundred and ninety-four. All current members of the commission shall remain in office and shall serve until their respective successors are duly elected or appointed, as the case may be, pursuant to clause (2), and are qualified.
(2) Four members of the commission shall be elected by the town, and one member shall be appointed by said department, in each case for a term of three years, as follows:
(a) At the nineteen hundred and ninety-one town election, a successor to the member whose term is then expiring shall be elected to serve for a three year term. Also at the nineteen hundred and ninety-one town election, a successor to the member previously appointed by the board of selectmen shall be elected to serve for a two year term, such previously appointed term being deemed to have been shortened and to have expired as of the date of such election.
(b) At the nineteen hundred and ninety-two town election, the respective successors to the two previously elected members, whose terms are each then expiring, shall be elected to serve for a three year term.
(c) At the time of the nineteen hundred and ninety-three town election, a successor to the member previously appointed by the department shall be appointed to a three year term, such previously appointed term being deemed to have been shortened and to have expired as of the date of such election.
(3) Thereafter, as the term of a member of the commission expires, his successor shall be appointed or elected, in the same manner and by the same body, for a term of three years from such expiration. Membership in the commission shall be restricted to residents of said town.
B. The power of eminent domain shall be exercised by the commission only upon the vote of the Lincoln town meeting taken in the same manner as is required with respect to the exercise by the town itself of the power of eminent domain.
C. The commission shall report to each annual town meeting as to (a) any plans for the construction, rehabilitation or use of housing which is not in compliance with then existing zoning by-laws of the town, and (b) the specific uses and applications of any portion of the commission's budget which is not appropriated by the town. The commission shall not be obligated to seek town meeting approval with respect to any such matter so reported to town meeting, except pursuant to otherwise applicable law.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance by the town.