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Last week the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued its much-anticipated decision in Palitz v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Tisbury. The fact that the high court took this appeal directly from the Land Court (bypassing the Appeals Court) caused some to wonder whether a dramatic change in the law on the relationship between zoning and subdivision control – especially with regard to ...
If you think land use is simple, read Beverly Port Marina, Inc. v. Department of Environmental Protection — not just the recent Appeals Court decision but the underlying agency decision. What’s so difficult? Begin with a smorgasbord of government laws and programs: Chapter 91, the Coastal Zone Management Plan, procurement law, the urban self-help program, Article 97 of the Mass ...