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HARVARD — The Planning Board’s rules and regulations are incomplete and need a lot of work, according to board Chairman Joseph Sudol.

At the board’s May 19 meeting, planners discussed creating a single guidebook of rules and regulations for its various duties.

Sudol said he’s taken the three parts of the regulations written by Planner Peter Brooks, administrative assistant Elizabeth Allard and himself and condensed the 40-page document down to 20. Now he said he wants the board to review the draft revisions for further discussion during its July meetings.

“We’re talking about these rules and regulations as a subset of what we already do,” said Planner Barbara Brady.

None of the requirements are put into the regulations on a whim, she said. They follow specific guidelines.

The board has the authority to write its own rules and regulations, added Brooks, which don’t require a town meeting vote.

“We have to have a public hearing on this,” said Sudol.

The new regulations need to clarify that applications need to meet the intent of the governing bylaws, not just the letter of the bylaws, said board Vice Chairman Mary Essary. Applications should be sent to all relevant boards concurrently, she said. She added that both issues had come up in recent hearings.

The board agreed to review and comment on the draft and hold discussions on it during its next meeting.