Print Print
  • Acts
  • 2004
  • Chapter 254 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO ACQUIRE CONSERVATION RESTRICTIONS IN AND TO LANDS OWNED BY THE CITIES OF NEW BEDFORD AND TAUNTON AND THE TOWNS OF FREETOWN, LAKEVILLE, MIDDLEBOROUGH AND ROCHESTER.

Whereas,, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith the department of conservation and recreation and the department of fish and game to acquire conservation restrictions in and to lands in the cities of New Bedford and Taunton and the towns of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough and Rochester, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. The commonwealth, by and through the department of fish and game and the department of conservation and recreation, in consultation with the division of capital asset management and maintenance, may take, in accordance with chapter 79 of the General Laws, or otherwise acquire, and the city of Taunton and the city of New Bedford may convey, easements or lesser interests through conservation restrictions under sections 31, 32 and 33 of chapter$N184 of the General Laws, to ensure the protection of open space, for public recreation and preserve water supply and wildlife habitat, in and to all or a portion of certain parcels of land of the towns of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough and Rochester, identified in section 2. These parcels were taken or acquired by the city of New Bedford or the city of Taunton for water supply purposes. The conservation restrictions authorized herein shall allow for the continuation of water supply purposes on all or a portion of the parcels and may restrict or regulate, but not unreasonably limit, the acts or uses associated with conducting the water supply purposes. The conservation restrictions, if taken and not otherwise acquired, shall be subject to any easement or lesser interest in land held by any person or governmental agency, except for the city of New Bedford or the city of Taunton, that lawfully exists and that is recorded in the appropriate registry of deeds, unless the commonwealth, acting through the department of fish and game or the department of conservation and recreation, expressly takes the easement or lesser interest through eminent domain in accordance with the provisions of said chapter 79.

SECTION 2. The parcels are identified as follows:- (a) Mall of the lands, including lands under water, in the towns of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough and Rochester, as described in certain deeds recorded in the Bristol county North District registry of deeds, the Bristol county Fall River District registry of deeds, and the Plymouth County registry of deeds, and further described in Bristol county North registry book 60 page 73; book 60 page 74; book 105 page 295; book 105 page 296; book 105 page 297; book 105 page 298; book 105 page 300; book 105 page 301; book 110 page 11; book 137 page 185; book 137 page 186; book 137 page 187; book 137 page 189; book 137 page 190; book 137 page 191; book 137 page 193; book 137 page 194; book 137 page 196; book 137 page 197; book 137 page 199; book 137 page 200; book 137 page 201; book 137 page 202; book 137 page 204; book 137 page 206; book 137 page 207; book 137 page 209; book 137 page 212; book 137 page 218; book 137 page 219; book 137 page 221; book 138 page 399; book 142 page 116; and in Bristol County Fall River registry of deeds in book 38 page 110; book 93 page 491; book 93 page 492; book 93 page 494; book 93 page 495; book 28 page 465; book 28 page 467; book 30 page 358; book 31 page 143; book 31 page 144; book 31 page 145; book 31 page 146; book 32 page 168; book 38 page 63; book 38 page 64; book 38 page 66; book 38 page 67; book 38 page 69; book 38 page 70; book 38 page 482; book 38 page 486; book 38 page 487; book 38 page 489; book 38 page 490; book 38 page 492; book 38 page 493; book 38 page 494; book 38 page 496; book 38 page 497; book 38 page 501; book 40 page 1; book 40 page 3; book 40 page 5; book 40 page 7; book 40 page 8; book 40 page 10; book 42 page 154; book 42 page 273; book 43 page 255; book 43 page 350; book 43 page 352; book 43 page 353; book 43 page 377; book 43 page 379; book 43 page 474; book 43 page 475; book 45 page 270; book 45 page 272; book 52 page 352; book 52 page 354; book 56 page 214; book 56 page 215; book 57 page 65; book 57 page 66; book 57 page 311; book 59 page 225; book 59 page 226; book 59 page 227; book 59 page 228; book 59 page 229; book 62 page 85; book 62 page 87; book 63 page 432; book 63 page 434; book 70 page 6; book 75 page 159; book 75 page 160; book 75 page 162; book 75 page 163; book 77 page 525; book 79 page 492; book 79 page 496; book 79 page 498; book 93 page 491; book 93 page 493; book 93 page 492; book 93 page 494; book 93 page 495; book 96 page 110; book 114 page 284; book 115 page 227; book 115 page 228; book 115 page 433; book 253 page 238; book 261 page 84; book 261 page 85; book 278 page 443; book 307 page 200; book 321 page 363; book 335 page 104; book 376 page 480; book 454 page 327; book 515 page 110; book 860 page 228; book 972 page 370; and in the Plymouth county registry of deeds in book 571 page 421; book 571 page 422; book 571 page 423; book 574 page 382; book 641 page 179; book 651 page 442; book 677 page 438; book 682 page 536; book 681 page 156; book 682 page 537; book 692 page 516; book 692 page 517; book 692 page 518; book 696 page 396; book 699 page 314; book 699 page 315; book 699 page 316; book 699 page 317; book 699 page 318; book 699 page 319; book 699 page 320; book 699 page 321; book 699 page 326; book 699 page 327; book 699 page 328; book 699 page 329; book 699 page 330; book 699 page 331; book 699 page 332; book 699 page 333; book 699 page 335; book 699 page 336; book 699 page 494; book 701 page 532; book 702 page 8; book 703 page 128; book 703 page 130; book 703 page 137; book 706 page 55; book 706 page 78; book 707 page 501; book 708 page 389; book 708 page 390; book 708 page 391; book 708 page 392; book 708 page 393; book 708 page 394; book 708 page 395; book 708 page 396; book 708 page 397; book 708 page 398; book 708 page 399; book 719 page 425; book 719 page 426; book 721 page 237; book 721 page 239; book 723 page 560; book 732 page 356; book 733 page 319; book 733 page 320; book 733 page 433; book 733 page 435; book 736 page 349; book 736 page 384; book 754 page 92; book 754 page 93; book 754 page 563; book 790 page 327; book 794 page 440; book 794 page 441; book 794 page 442; book 799 page 352; book 819 page 65; book 833 page 551; book 863 page 179; book 863 page 180; book 863 page 182; book 863 page 183; book 863 page 569; book 863 page 570; book 863 page 571; book 863 page 572; book 863 page 573; book 863 page 574; book 863 page 575; book 863 page 576; book 867 page 87; book 868 page 271; book 868 page 272; book 868 page 273; book 868 page 274; book 868 page 275; book 868 page 276; book 868 page 278; book 868 page 277; book 886 page 569; book 886 page 577; book 889 page 451; book 899 page 42; book 943 page 96; book 956 page 554; book 967 page 4; book 967 page 5; book 967 page 7; book 1066 page 42; book 1079 page 33; book 1090 page 549; book 1091 page 547; book 1104 page 594; book 1121 page 71; book 1129 page 577; book 1134 page 238; book 1140 page 459; book 1143 page 387; book 1163 page 575; book 1168 page 127; book 1258 page 550; book 1275 page 344; book 1304 page 368; book 1306 page 285; book 1324 page 583; book 1324 page 584; book 1328 page 302; book 1337 page 463; book 1347 page 516; book 1349 page 276; book 1358 page 64; book 1387 page 354; book 1388 page 36; book 1427 page 355; book 1451 page 145; book 1451 page 83; book 1455 page 290; book 1457 page 452; book 1461 page 244; book 1470 page 251; book 1470 page 252; book 1489 page 154; book 1498 page 429; book 1499 page 288; book 1499 page 337; book 1499 page 338; book 1500 page 309; book 1501 page 135; book 1501 page 136; book 1505 page 333; book 1506 page 335; book 1506 page 336; book 1506 page 413; book 1507 page 111; book 1507 page 112; book 1508 page 128; book 1508 page 129; book 1509 page 578; book 1510 page 182; book 1510 page 340; book 1510 page 594; book 1511 page 4; book 1513 page 157; book 1514 page 588; book 1514 page 589; book 1515 page 254; book 1515 page 556; book 1518 page 445; book 1520 page 292; book 1520 page 152; book 1520 page 153; book 1520 page 469; book 1523 page 533; book 1525 page 42; book 1525 page 416; book 1525 page 417; book 1525 page 418; book 1525 page 588; book 1526 page 558; book 1528 page 24; book 1528 page 26; book 1528 page 126; book 1529 page 543; book 1532 page 327; book 1550 page 24; book 1553 page 278; book 1559 page 428; book 1563 page 559; book 1570 page 600; book 1573 page 338; book 1574 page 159; book 1584 page 426; book 1614 page 357; book 1627 page 86; book 1630 page 308; book 1630 page 309; book 1630 page 310; book 1666 page 579; book 1693 page 495; book 1698 page 581; book 1705 page 239; book 1735 page 529; book 1746 page 122; book 1777 page 401; book 1760 page 584; book 1821 page 87; book 1841 page 171; book 1869 page 225; book 2110 page 41; book 2120 page 485; book 2120 page 486; book 2202 page 2; book 2232 page 117; book 2235 page 366; book 2391 page 353; book 2464 page 500; book 2513 page 64; book 2545 page 350; book 2796 page 404; book 2837 page 57; book 2930 page 348; book 3262 page 764; book 3262 page 765; book 3374 page 120; book 3374 page 317; book 3381 page 594; book 3625 page 245; book 3874 page 101; book 3874 page 102; book 4136 page 151; book 4179 page 611; book 4825 page 461; book 5052 page 320; book 10511 page 188; book 14709 page 347; book 15779 page 311; and book 16547 page 44, and Plymouth land registration office certificate number 7304, certificate number 51565 and certificate number 57898.

Approved August 9, 2004.