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Rich Gallogly’s practice focuses on zoning and real estate development, from site acquisition to permitting, financing and development on behalf of clients throughout Massachusetts. For over 28 years, he has advised clients on all aspects of land use law, including zoning, subdivision, wetlands, historic preservation and environmental impact review and regulatory compliance.

Gosnold is the Massachusetts town that comprises Cuttyhunk and the other Elizabeth Islands, which stretch southwest from Woods Hole (Falmouth), between Buzzard’s Bay and Vineyard Sound.  Along with Martha’s Vineyard, Gosnold is in Dukes County.  Interestingly, except for Cuttyhunk and Penikese, the Elizabeth Islands are privately owned by the Forbes family.

unfrozenIn its recent decision in Ridgeley Management

In Farrington v. City of Cambridge (pdf), an “unpublished decision” issued under the court’s Rule 1:28, an Appeals Court panel recently affirmed a Land Court decision upholding a rezoning by the City of Cambridge.  The rezoning included a zoning map revision and changes to various dimensionalanother shirt bites the dust requirements, all intended to enable Lesley University to move the newly-acquired Art Institute of Boston (AIB) to a Lesley-owned site in

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued a decision in Regis College v. Town of Weston (pdf), a case that (someday) will add to the existing body of Massachusetts law under the so-called Dover Amendment – the provision in the state’s Zoning Act that exempts qualifying educationalGranny Grad and religious uses from most local zoning regulations.

In 2005, Regis College, located in Weston, Massachusetts, proposed “Regis East,” an

Theoretically, owners of registered land are entitled to rely on the information contained in their certificates of title.  To the chagrin of many, however, that is no longer the case.  In its decision this week in Williams Bros. Inc. of Marshfield v. Peck (pdf), the Appeals Court affirmed a Land Court ruling that an appurtenant easement is extinguished when the dominant

In November, 2010, we reported on the Appeals Court’s decision in 81 Spooner Road, LLC v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Brookline (pdf).  The court found that the defendant’s effort to rebut the plaintiff abutter’s presumption of standing – an effort that was based solely on the abutter’s deposition testimony, in which he offered his own unsupported opinions that he had beenNo Standing harmed

Yesterday at 7:15 a.m. a giant excavator began tearing down Wayne Johnson’s 5,000 square-foot seaside home, which stood at the center of a 16-year zoning battle in Marblehead, Massachusetts.  The dispute is described in our related post here.  A sampling of local news coverage, including some dramatic video of the demolition, can be found here and here (

Wayne Johnson’s epic battle to save his house from the wrecking ball appears to have come to an end, after 16 years of litigation involving four different Land Court Judges.  In his November, 2011 decision in Schey v. Johnson (pdf), Judge Keith Long ordered the demolition of Johnson’s wrecking ballwaterfront residence in Marblehead.  To ensure compliance, Judge Long ordered Johnson to