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Posted on: August 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Opinion regarding regulatory authority on Reservoir Pond

The Town of Canton is the owner of the property at Reservoir Pond pursuant to a certificate of title issued by Massachusetts’ Land Court. The Town may regulate the use of Reservoir Pond as the owner of the property and to protect the public health, safety, morals and general welfare through the Town’s exercising of the general police power.

In addition, municipalities may regulate Great Ponds in accordance with state law.

The relevant statutory provision referenced immediately above can be found online and at the following link:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIX/Chapter131/Section45

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