Assembled in chronological order are copies of the Subdivision Rules and Regulations adopted by the Town of Barnstable. The Town first adopted the Subdivision Control Law in November of 1962. Included here are the current Subdivision Rules and Regulations, Chapter 801 of the Town Ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 81-Q of Chapter 41 of the Massachusetts General Laws.
Subdivision Control Law has 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 lots therein. The powers of the Planning Board under the Subdivision Control Law are exercised with 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 lessening congestion in such ways and in the adjacent public ways; for reducing danger in the operation of motor vehicles; for securing safety in the case of fire, flood and other emergencies; for the provision of water, sewer, drainage, underground utility services, fire police, street lighting, and other similar municipal services and other requirements where necessary; and for coordinating the ways in a subdivision with each other and with the public ways in the Town and with the ways in neighboring subdivisions.