• Sign Envy in Boston

      Home > Zoning > Sign Envy in Boston The recent saving of the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square is being universally hailed as the saving of a true Boston landmark. Had it been taken down, thousands of people would be aimlessly wandering the city trying to find Fenway Park on game days. The publicity surrounding the saving of the Citgo sign has brought the issue of how ...

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  • First Step to Starting Your Business

    … Prince Law Offices, P.C. attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin will be presenting at “First Step to Starting Your Business” in cooperation with the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center. First Step to Starting Your Business (Lancaster, PA) Date:Fri, February 17, 10:30am – 12:30pm Point of Contact: Kutztown SBDC (877…

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  • Smooth Sailing for Safe Salem Marina

    … in their present location. The Marina also proposed to widen the entrance to the marina, which would provide better access including for emergency vehicles. On appeal, Furlong argued that the safety concerns relied on by the Land Court in upholding the variance do not constitute a hardship under the statute. The Appeals Court began by noting…

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    … In a decision that brought cheers from thirsty beachgoers, the Appeals Court in Almeida v. Arruda, 89 Mass. App. Ct. 241 (2016) affirmed a lower court finding that the sale of beer and wine at a pre-existing, nonconforming convenience store was neither a substantial change in use nor a detriment to the neighborhood. Pursuant to G.L.c. 40A, §6…

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  • First Step to Starting Your Business

    … AM (EDT) Point of Contact: Kutztown SBDC (877) 472-7232 Center: Kutztown SBDC Fee: None Location: 454 New Holland Ave Suite 300 Lancaster, PA 17602 , Lancaster PA 17602 http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/23436 This workshop covers a number of critical issues relevant to starting and operating a small business. Professional…

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  • The Beach is Which Way?

    … On June 17, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court decided an interesting zoning case concerning whether the holder of a beach access easement has standing to challenge a zoning determination affecting the beach parcel. The case is Picard v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Westminster. As all followers of Massachusetts zoning know, the standing…

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  • Medical Marijuana – Not in my backyard?

    … When Governor Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana bill into law on April 17, 2016, it opened the door to an industry that will greatly impact all levels of state and local regulation, including local zoning ordinances. Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law allows a maximum of 25 growers/processors and a maximum of 150 dispensaries. Local…

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  • City of Boston Updates its Inclusionary Development Policy

    … In December 2015, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an Executive Order Relative to Inclusionary Development updating the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP), which has been in place since 2000. The IDP applies to residential developments with ten or more units that will either be developed on property owned by the City of Boston…

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  • Two Cheers For Nude Dancing

    … of their First Amendment rights. While the result of the decision is to invalidate the offending bylaw, the court offers suggestions for how the town can revise its bylaw to pass constitutional muster. In 2008, Mendon created an adult entertainment overlay zoning district. In short order the plaintiff, Showtime, applied for a license to operate…

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