[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Abington 4-3-2006 ATM by Art. 8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 175.
The Historical Commission shall be comprised of five members, who must be residents of the Town. The members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen to fill staggered three-year terms. They shall survey, research, and record the important historic places in the Town and shall, as mandated by the state law, see to preserve, protect, and develop these historic assets.
The Historical Commission shall be the authority for interpreting the historic aspects of the Town.
The Historical Commission may, from time to time, classify a certain place in the Inventory to be of especial historic value to the Town as a whole. In order to make the owner of the property, as well as the appropriate Town departments and the public in general, aware of its importance, a copy of its record in the Inventory shall be forwarded to the Selectmen, together with a covering statement by the Commission. If the Selectmen concur with the Commission's decision, they shall declare the place to be of especial value to the Town, and shall have a copy filed with the Town Clerk, and shall also forward copies to the Abington Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and any other Town departments or officers who may be interested and/or make a request. Copies shall also be forwarded to the Old Colony Planning Council and to the owner(s) of private property involved.
The Historical Commission shall have the right to urge the owner(s) of private property which has been declared an important historic place in the Town to so indicate the designation on the instrument of transfer (or deed) if and when the property changes hands.
A declaration that a place has historic importance shall cease to be effective if and when the Historical Commission re-evaluates the place and so advises the Selectmen who shall then withdraw the item from the files of the Town Clerk and others, and a public announcement of the action shall be published in the local newspapers.
Rejection of any section or part of a section of this Bylaw shall not invalidate any other part thereof.