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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CONSOLIDATION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC HEARINGS.

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. Section 11 of chapter 40A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the third paragraph the following paragraph:—

When a planning board or department is also the special permit granting authority for a special permit applicable to a subdivision plan, the planning board or department may hold the special permit public hearing together with a public hearing required by sections 81K to 81GG inclusive of chapter 41 and allow for the publication of a single advertisement giving notice of the consolidated hearing.

SECTION 2. The last sentence of section 81T of chapter 41 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following words:— ; provided, however, that when the planning board is also the special permit granting authority for a special permit applicable to the plan, the planning board may hold the definitive plan public hearing together with the public hearing required by section 9 of chapter 40A and allow for the publication of a single advertisement giving notice of the consolidated hearing.

Approved August 4, 2008