A bill entitled “An act relative to infrastructure investment, enhanced competitiveness & economic growth” – now known as the “Jobs Bill” – was signed into law yesterday by Governor Deval Patrick.  The Jobs Bill contains provisions enhancing local infrastructure initiatives and streamlining the process for creating local District Improvement Financing Districts.  See our post on

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts House voted to pass an economic development bill, An Act Relative to Infrastructure Investment, Enhanced Competitiveness and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth.  This bill contains provisions regarding the extension of the Brownfields Tax Credit and the creation of the Local Infrastructure Development Program.  The bill also would extend the 2010 Permit Extension Act (“PEA²”). 

In this morning’s decision in Boyle v. Weiss (pdf), the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) answered an important question certified to it by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts:  whether the beneficiary of a trust that holds title to residential property, where the beneficiary herself lives on the property (in this case, as a tenant of the trust), is entitled to protection under

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) prohibits the discharge of pollutants from any point source into “navigable” waters of the United States without a Section 404 Permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).  Once this permit has been issued, the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) monitors permit compliance, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Corps.

DJB wetlands blog photoThere has

shadows.jpgSimon Property Group’s proposal to build a residential tower to complete the expansion of Copley Place was unanimously approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week.  At 47 stories and 800,000 square feet, Simon’s project will include 318 residential units (condominiums or rentals to be determined), and additional retail space (including an expanded Nieman Marcus), making

Last month the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decided Federal National Mortgage Association v. Nunez  (pdf).  We discussed the oral argument of that appeal in this earlier post

Nunez concerned a summary process (i.e. eviction) action filed by Fannie Mae against a tenant living in a foreclosed residential property.  That action was pending, but not completed, before the effective date

A bill making its way through the Massachusetts legislature – House Bill H254 (pdf) – would drastically change longstanding Massachusetts law regarding waterfront property ownership.  Under current law, a waterfront property owner owns the beach – down to the low water mark – that is “attached” to his or her upland property.  I use the term “attached” because