Land Use

Zoning requirements can get complicated quickly, especially when projects are contested and when aesthetic, historic, religious and other considerations are in the mix. Anderson & Kreiger excels in permitting complex projects and litigating challenges arising out of zoning and land use disputes.

  • As permitting counsel in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for an international telecommunications company, we have obtained many hundreds of permits for wireless communication facilities, often in the face of intense public opposition.
  • We successfully defended an appeal of urban renewal zoning relief granted for an innovative homeless healthcare and housing facility. In light of the critical need for the project, Anderson & Kreiger worked with opponents to streamline and expedite the appeal in both the Superior Court and the Appeals Court, winning at all levels on novel issues of standing and the applicability of the urban renewal statute to the project.
  • For a developer that had entered into a venture with a historic church in Cambridge, we successfully defended both zoning and historic appeals over a mixed-use project needed to renovate and sustain the church.
  • We litigated several of the most significant cases under the Massachusetts Zoning Act’s provisions extending special protection to agricultural, religious and educational, and day care projects. These include disputes involving: the Mormon Temple in Belmont; Boston College’s major Middle campus project (which involved a 24-day trial in Land Court); and a large commercial day care center in Wellesley.

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