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Mirick O’Connell Hosts “Building the Boroughs+” Workshop On Improving Downtowns

Attorneys Art Bergeron and yours truly hosted a workshop for community leaders at the firm’s Westborough office on May 7th to share ideas and lessons learned on building and improving the downtowns in the Boroughs+ region.  The program reflected a … Continue reading

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Pending Legislation Would Dramatically Reform Massachusetts Land Use Law

The latest effort to overhaul Massachusetts land use law is backed by a coalition of planning, environmental and housing organizations. “An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities”, House Bill # 1859, was introduced on Beacon Hill last … Continue reading

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MassDEP Issues Emergency Regulations for Post-Storm Cleanup from Hurricane Sandy

MassDEP has issued emergency regulations to specify the procedures for post-storm cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The emergency regulations will remain in effect for 90 days from October 26, 2012 to January 24, 2013.  The emergency regulations allow … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Vote on Southborough Zoning Overhaul Delayed to January Special Town Meeting

As an update to our previous posts here and here, the MetroWest Daily News is reporting that the Town of Southborough has pushed out a vote on the pending zoning overhaul from October to a special Town Meeting in January.  … 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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Supreme Judicial Court Breathes New Life Into “Regis East” Project in Weston

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After rejections by the Weston Zoning Board of Appeals and the Land Court, Regis College put its “Regis East” project into the hands of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC).  At issue is whether the project, which would provide housing, healthcare … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Releases Blueprint for Development of 495 Region

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The Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) has released its long-anticipated 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan.  More than a year in the making, the Plan provides a blueprint for the sustainable growth and economic development of the Interstate … Continue reading

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Supreme Judicial Court Finds That Awarding Authorities May Conduct Independent Research On Bidders

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On May 3, 2012, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued an important decision affecting the public bid process in Massachusetts.  In Barr Inc. v. Town of Holliston, the SJC held that Chapter 149, the competitive bidding statute, does not restrict … Continue reading

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