1.00 AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE
These Rules and Regulations are hereby adopted by the Planning Board of the Town of Huntington under authority granted in Chapter 41, §81-Q of the General Laws of Massachusetts.
These Subdivision Regulations have been enacted for the purpose of protecting the safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town by regulating the laying out and construction of ways in subdivisions providing access to the several lots therein, but which have not become public ways, and ensuring sanitary conditions in subdivisions and, in proper cases, parks and open areas. The powers of the Planning Board and of the Board of Appeals under these Regulations shall be exercised with due regard for the provision of adequate access to all of the lots in a subdivision by ways that will be safe and convenient for travel; for minimizing congestion in such ways and in the adjacent public ways for reducing danger to life and limb in the operation of motor vehicles; for securing safety in the case of fire, flood, panic and other emergencies; for insuring compliance with the applicable zoning by-laws; for securing provision for water, sewerage, drainage, underground utility services, fire, police, and other similar municipal equipment, and street lighting and other requirements where necessary in a subdivision; and for coordinating the ways in a subdivision with each other, with the public ways in the Town and with the ways in neighboring subdivisions.
It is the intent of these Rules and Regulations that any subdivision plan filed with the Planning Board shall receive the approval of such Board if said plan conforms to the recommendation of the Board of Health and to these Rules and Regulations; provided, however, that the Planning Board may, when appropriate, waive, as provided for in §3.02, such portions of these Rules and Regulations as is deemed advisable, in the public interest, and consonant with the purposes of the Subdivision Control Law. (MGL Ch. 41, §81-M & §81-R.)