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

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has granted further appellate review and is requesting amicus briefs in the case of Shirley Wayside, L.P. v. Board of Appeals of Shirley.  In this case, the Appeals Court upheld the defendant zoning board’s denial of a permit that would allow the plaintiff to expand a lawfully nonconforming mobile home park.  Our prior

In Rosenfeld v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Mendon (pdf), the Massachusetts Appeals Court considered the plaintiff abutters’ challenge to the defendant zoning board’s issuance of a special permit authorizing the construction of an equestrian facility on a 46-acre parcel in a residential zone.  As proposed, the facility would feature stables, an indoor training arena, a trainer’s