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The Land Court Draws a Fine Line on “Educational Use” under the Dover Amendment

If a proposed activity is more therapeutic than educational, it not protected by the Dover Amendment and therefore may not be conducted in a zoning district where it is not…

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Appeals Court Relaxes Requirement to Notify Town Clerk of Zoning Appeal

In Hickey v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Dennis, a divided panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court weakened and confused the requirement that a zoning appellant notify the Town Clerk…

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SJC Reaffirms that Chapter 40B does not Supersede Property Rights

General Laws Chapter 40B was enacted nearly 50 years ago to overcome local obstacles to affordable housing.  A powerful tool against parochial requirements and regulations, it authorizes the municipal zoning…

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Approval of Structural Modification Does Not Protect Unlawful Use of the Property

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that the addition of a fire escape under a building permit did not start the 6-year limitations period for enforcement regarding the use of…

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Un-Neighborly Conduct: Adjacent Town Lacks Standing to Block Asphalt Plant

In the latest battle in the ongoing dispute over a proposed asphalt plant in Westford abutting the Chelmsford town line, the Superior Court recently held that Chelmsford has no standing…

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Time to Make the Donuts? Appeals Court Rules Hopkinton Dunkin’ Donuts Could Be a Retail Store

Fast-food coffee shops may look virtually the same from town to town, but as a recent Appeals Court decision reminds planners and local land use boards, what a town’s zoning…

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Fourth Circuit Upholds FCC’s Section 6409(a) Order Preempting State and Local Regulation of Eligible Facilities Requests

Soon after the FCC issued its Order implementing Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which preempts traditional local zoning authority over eligible…

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