Zoning

  • Sign Envy in Boston

    … sign has brought the issue of how to obtain commercial sign approval in Boston to the forefront. The epicenter of this issue is the Seaport, where new buildings and signs are rapidly filling in the skyline (Vertex, GE, PwC, etc.). Such prominent signs were next to impossible to get approved under the Menino administration. While certainly easier…

    Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 9 readers -
  • First Step to Starting Your Business

    … specialists and zoning and codes staff. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup”. Desire more specific assistance regarding your business formation, agreements, intellectual property, trademarks, zoning, real estate law, cyber security, insurance, etc., contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C. …

    Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 11 readers -
  • Smooth Sailing for Safe Salem Marina

    …, or topography of such land . . . and especially affecting such land . . . but not affecting generally the zoning district in which it is located, [b] a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance or by-law would involve substantial hardship, financial or otherwise, to the petitioner or appellant, and [c] that desirable relief may be granted…

    Gordon Orloff/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 14 readers -
  • BEER AND WINE NOW AVAILABLE TO WESTPORT BEACHGOERS

    … 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…

    Richard Gallogly/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 20 readers -
  • First Step to Starting Your Business

    … presenters include attorneys, insurance agents, accountants, financial specialists and zoning and codes staff. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup”. Desire more specific assistance regarding your business formation, agreements, intellectual property, trademarks, zoning, real estate law, cyber security, insurance, etc., contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C. …

    Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 8 readers -
  • 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…

    Gordon Orloff/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 22 readers -
  • 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…

    Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 15 readers -
  • City of Boston Updates its Inclusionary Development Policy

    … or that require relief from the Boston Zoning Code. Under the IDP, developers of these projects are required to either build affordable units on-site, build or acquire affordable units in an off-site location, or, with Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approval, provide a contribution to the Inclusionary Development Fund. Any project filed…

    Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 13 readers -
  • 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…

    Donald Pinto/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 32 readers -
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