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Mcgregor Legere & Stevens Plays Amicus Role in Recent Westfield SJC Ruling on Parkland Protection

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/ Published Monday, 02 October 2017 15:28

In an unequivocal victory for environmentalists and proponents of open space and outdoor recreation, the MA Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that Article 97 protection may be triggered for municipal land without formally recording a deed, conservation restriction, or other instrument in the chain of title. Article 97, enacted by the voters in 1972, is an important element of the state's Public Trust Doctrine protecting public land and water areas.

Mcgregor Legere & Stevens's Update on Massachusetts Environmental Law Presented to MMLA's 2017 Annual Meeting on Cape Cod

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/ Published Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:12

Gregor McGregor and Luke Legere were invited again this year to present to the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA) their firm's annual review of environmental law developments for municipal attorneys.

Appeals Court Sets Limit on Wetlands Enforcement and Cautions on Imposing Fines

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/ Published Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:11

A conservation commission may want to enforce the Wetlands Protection Act (hereinafter,  the “Act”) and its wetland bylaw or ordinance (hereinafter, “bylaw”) against a project that was built a while ago without commission approval. The impetus might be a tip from a resident or new observation by a commissioner or agent.  A recent decision of the Massachusetts Appeals Court provides important guidance and useful reminders.

Understanding Home Rule Wetland Bylaws and Conservation Commission Decision Making

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/ Published Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:36

The Appeals Court in Parkview Electronics Trust, LLC v. Conservation Commission of Winchester, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 833 (2016), reinforced the well-established principle that a local conservation commission can have regulatory authority under a wetlands bylaw or ordinance (hereinafter “bylaw”) that is independent from, and in addition to, its authority under the state Wetlands Protection Act (“Act”).

Mcgregor Legere & Stevens Proudly Represents the Friends of the Prouty Garden

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/ Published Friday, 20 January 2017 15:05

Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) has had a world-class healing garden. It was built and endowed over 60 years ago by popular author Olive Higgins Prouty of Brookline, MA in memory of her two daughters who died in childhood.

McGregor co-chairs National Environmental Law, Land Use, Energy and Litigation Seminar January 2017

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/ Published Friday, 20 January 2017 14:20

An annual National CLE Conference hosted by the Colorado Bar Association CLE program brings together hundreds of attorneys from all over the US for current developments and professional networking. Mr. McGregor has presented and co-chaired the environmental law seminar at the conference, most recently January 8-10, 2017 at Aspen Snowmass.

Fact Sheet Re: Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) DoN Application #4-3C47

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/ Published Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:51

This list of important facts regarding the Boston Children's Hospital DofN Application was prepared by the Anne Gamble Ten Taxpayer group and The Friends of Prouty Garden.

New Law Means Less Control for Municipalities

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/ Published Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:21

On August 10, 2016 Governor Baker signed HB 4569 into law. It is titled, “An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development,” and appears as Chapter 219 of the Acts of 2016. Despite declining to approve two sections of the Bill, Governor Baker approved Section 48, which will have confusing implications for environmental regulation in municipalities, and likely lead to a slew of doubt, disputes, and even lawsuits.

McGregor and Legere Presented Their Environmental Law Update to Municipal Attorneys

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/ Published Thursday, 15 September 2016 14:08

Our firm is active with the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA). We have been honored to present at the MMLA annual meeting a review of the year’s developments in environmental law and related land use, energy law, and litigation.

Municipal Modernization Act a Smorgasbord of Changes on Environment and Land Use

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/ Published Thursday, 25 August 2016 15:10

On August 9, 2016 Governor Baker approved HB 4565, “An Act Modernizing Municipal Finance and Government,” signing into law what is now Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016. This newly enacted legislation tweaks, modifies, and streamlines several existing statutes governing cities and towns.

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