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Southborough Approves 40B Project on Route 9

As an update to our earlier post on 40B projects in the Boroughs+ area, the Southborough Zoning Board of Appeals has issued its final approval of the proposed Madison Place apartment complex on Route 9.  The Southborough Conservation Commission has also approved the … Continue reading

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MWDN Reports Towns Struggling to Meet 40B Targets

G.L. c. 40B, §§20-23 was intended to increase the supply affordable housing in Massachusetts, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.  To encourage the development of affordable housing, the statute exempts qualified projects from certain municipal zoning … 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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Appeals Court Ruling Reinforces Importance of Timely Filing of Permit Appeals

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Do not take a casual approach to permit appeals – that is the lesson from the Appeals Court’s recent decision in Richardson v. Bd. of Appeals of Chilmark.   Under the Massachusetts Zoning Act, G.L. c. 40A, §§8, 15, a party … 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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Appeals Court Sides with MassDEP in Brockton Power Plant Dispute

 In another example of Court deference to agency decisions, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Conservation Comm’n of Brockton v. Dept. of Envt’l Protection has upheld a MassDEP permit authorizing the construction of a 350 megawatt power plant near the … 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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