The MMLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference, was held on September 14-16, 2017, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis. The Conference keynote speaker was Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Baker. In addition to a full slate of legal panels on a variety of municipal law topics, those attending were treated to presentations by three judges on practice before their respective courts: Justice William Cowin (Ret.) and Justice Francis Fecteau (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler. Conference attendees enjoyed a private tour and reception at the J.F.K Museum, one of the conference highlights. This year’s conference also featured the availability of conference program materials on-line, providing real-time access to speakers’ handouts during the conference. Every year, the Annual Meeting and Conference keeps getting better and better. Be sure to plan to attend next year’s Conference! Click here to see what we did this year.
At MMLA’s Annual Half-Day Seminar and Awards Luncheon at the Publick House in Sturbridge on August 10th, the Association recognized with gratitude the services of immediate past president Henry Luthin, First Assistant Corporation Counsel for Boston. MMLA President Angela Atchue presented the award on behalf of the Association.
Over the three days of the conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate interactively with legal experts in many areas of municipal law, including:
Environmental Law – (Greg McGregor, Luke Legere, and Olympia Bowker)
Marijuana Regulation – (Margaret Hurley, John Goldrosen, Jeff Bagg)
Public Records – (Lauren Goldberg)
Employment Discrimination – (John Davis, Regina Gilgun Ryan)
Land Use and Zoning – (Barbara Saint Andre, Paul Haverty)
Constitutional Law – (Professor Bob Smith)
Appellate Practice – (Retired Justices Cowin and Fecteau)
Land Court Litigation – (Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler)
Amicus Brief Writing – (Tom Urbelis, Chris Petrini)
On Friday evening, attendees will enjoy a private tour of the JFK Museum, followed by a reception at the Museum.
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Keywords: Courthouse. Zoning, Nonconforming use or structure, Governmental use. Governmental Immunity. County, Municipal zoning by-laws. Municipal Corporations, Governmental immunity, By-laws and ordinances.
The Appeals Court today issued its decision in Graham-Gund-v.-Planning-Board-of-Cambridge. The court ruled that even though the structure would not have conformed to the zoning if it had not been a government building (and therefore, not subject to the zoning), the fact that it “conformed” because it was not in violation, being a government building, means that it was conforming prior to the change in zoning. which provided. “The sole issue on appeal is whether the court house, when it loses its governmental immunity by transfer to the developer, will constitute a preexisting nonconforming structure under G. L. c. 40A, § 6, and § 8.22.2(a) of the relevant zoning ordinance such that redevelopment may be approved by special permit. A judge of the Land Court concluded on summary judgment in a well-reasoned decision that c. 40A, § 6, and § 8.22.2(a) of the zoning ordinance govern the developer’s efforts to redevelop the property, and we affirm”
For the full text of the case click on: Graham-Gund-v.-Planning-Board-of-Cambridge