The Appeals Court recently had another occasion to address standing in the zoning context.  In an “unpublished” decision under the court’s Rule 1:28, a three-judge panel in Brooks v. Chelmsford Hillside Gardens, LLC (pdf) reversed an underlying Land Court decision (pdf) that had dismissed, for lack of standing, down the drain.jpgan appeal of a comprehensive permit for an affordable housing development under M.G.L. c. 40B. 

Since changing its approach to vapor intrusion two years ago, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has yet to finalize its vapor intrusion policy.  As reported here, based on new studies, DEP is concerned that vapor from chemicals in groundwater – which can rise through soils and make its way into buildings – is more harmful than previously