Author Archives: Brian Falk

About Brian Falk

Brian is an attorney in Mirick O'Connell's Land Use and Environmental Law Group. In his municipal practice, he counsels towns and cities in all areas of municipal law. He also represents private clients in land use permitting matters and real estate transactions. Brian lives in Milford with his wife and three sons.

Westborough to Regulate Solar Energy Projects

Voters at the Westborough Special Town Meeting this week approved a new zoning bylaw that requires large solar energy projects to undergo site plan review. Westborough is now the latest town to regulate solar installations, which have become increasingly common … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Permit Extension Act Extended

As an update to our previous post, the Jobs Bill signed by Governor Patrick this week amended the Permit Extension Act by adding two additional years to both the tolling period and the expiration period for state and local land … Continue reading

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SJC: Involuntary Waiver of Wetlands Decision Deadline Invalid

A common practice by conservation commissions in which they preemptively extend their own deadlines under the state Wetlands Protection Act has been struck down by the Supreme Judicial Court. In this week’s Garrity v. Conservation Commission of Hingham decision, the Supreme Judicial … Continue reading

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Work on Southborough Zoning Overhaul Continues

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At long last, Southborough residents and business owners may only be a few meetings away from seeing a final proposal to overhaul the town’s zoning bylaw. As we mentioned a few months ago, Southborough officials have been working for over three … Continue reading

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SJC Clarifies Water Damage Exclusions in Homeowners Insurance Policies

The SJC confirmed this week what some homeowners have found out the hard way: homeowners insurance may not cover water damage caused by natural water sources. In Boazova v. Safety Insurance Company, SJC-10908 (May 29, 2012), the Court ruled that a … Continue reading

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Extension of the Permit Extension Act?

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Projects on the back burner may soon have some additional time to simmer. Throughout the recent recession and slow recovery, stalled projects that had obtained state or local land use approvals (special permits, orders of conditions, etc.) have been at risk … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Roundup: Northborough

The next ‘Borough in our Town Meeting Roundup is Northborough, which holds its annual town meeting on Monday, April 23, starting at 7:30 p.m. The 52-article warrant (posted here) saves some interesting items for the end: Historic Building / Demolition … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Roundup: Southborough

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Next up in our review of town meeting season in the ‘Boroughs is Southborough, which holds its annual town meeting on Monday, April 9, starting at 7:00 p.m. The 24-article warrant (posted here) does not include a long-awaited overhaul of … Continue reading

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Town Meeting Roundup: Westborough

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This is the first in a series of blogs on town meeting season in the ‘Boroughs and neighboring communities. The New England town meeting is a unique form of local government that can inspire and/or confound participants and observers. I’ll … Continue reading

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