On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, my colleagues and follow MLUM authors Gareth Orsmond and Michael Parker will be presiding over the next session of MCLE’s five-week “BasicsPlus” series on Commercial Real Estate.  Gareth and Michael will be covering zoning, subdivision control, and environmental site assessments.  The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and takes place

In the typical definitive subdivision plan scenario, if a plan requires waivers from the planning board’s rules and regulations, the developer goes before the board on bended knee, fearful the board will either deny the plan outright or – as often happens – impose onerous conditions in exchange for granting the necessary waivers.  In Collings v. Planning Board of Stow (pdf), the Appeals Court

In Schultz v. Gately, Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Wilkins recently discovered that, “[s]urprisingly, there appears to be no clear authority on the proper avenue, if any, for challenging a determination” that a Planning Board makes in the course of monitoring compliance with an earlier approval. 

This case involved several disputes between the plaintiff home buyers and a defendant

In Nexum Development Corp. v. Planning Board of Framingham, the plaintiff developer challenged the defendant planning board’s denials of the developer’s applications for subdivision approval and for a cluster development special permit.  The Appeals Court affirmed the Superior Court’s denial of the developer’s appeal.  The Appeals Court held that, although the planning board failed identify its reasons for

In O’Brien Homes, Inc. v. Lunenberg Planning Board (pdf), Land Court Judge Keith C. Long upheld a five-acre minimum lot size requirement that the Town of Lunenberg imposes on subdivisions of more than 25 acres. iStock_000009465642XSmall.jpg

The zoning bylaw at issue (Section 5.6) is designed to encourage developers to preserve open space in developments of more than 25 acres.  In