Massachusetts Land Use Monitor

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Tag Archives: preemption

SJC Explains that Municipalities May Prohibit Construction of Heliports on Private Property

Posted in Zoning
If your plans for the upcoming weekend include building a heliport in your backyard, I have terrible news for you: the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that, pursuant to their zoning powers, municipalities may prevent construction of private, non-commercial heliports. The decision in Roma, III, Ltd. v. Board of Appeals of Rockport,[1] ends a dispute… Continue Reading

Feds and States Wrestle Over Control of the Toxic Substances Control Act

Posted in Environmental, Legislation
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“FRL-21”).  Heralded as much needed reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”, pronounced “tos- kah”), FRL-21 has sparked spirited debate over acceptable limits of federal preemption of state law in the environmental regulatory context.… Continue Reading