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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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Federal Courts Block NLRB’s Recent Pro-Union Organizing Initiatives

In two highly publicized and much anticipated decisions affecting the construction industry, two separate federal courts stymied the National Labor Relations Board’s recent efforts to (a) raise awareness of employee’s rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act and … 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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Clearing the Air on the Massachusetts Prompt Pay Law

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Although nearly two have passed since the so-called prompt pay law was enacted, many contractors remain unclear on the rights, obligations and requirements under the law.  In November 2010, the legislature passed “An Act Promoting Fairness in Private Construction Contracts,” … 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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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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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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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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The Case of the Abandoned Lease

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An interesting opinion came down from the Massachusetts Appeals Court last month that merits discussion.  In 275 Washington Street Corp. v. Hudson River Int’l, LLC, 81 Mass. App. Ct. 418 (2012), the Court held that the damages owed to a landlord from a … 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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