We are pleased to welcome Christopher Brown as counsel with our firm. Chris was formerly a partner with Petrini & Associates, P.C., and has extensive experience with all matters of municipal law, particularly with labor and employment and procurement issues. We are certain that Chris will prove to be a valuable resource for all your municipal law needs.
Is the residence of a candidates for election different from their domicile for voting purposes? The Massachusetts Appeals Court says no in its recent opinion in Lay v. City of Lowell. In Lay, a vacancy arose on the Lowell School Committee. The person who received the most votes among the defeated candidates was due to fill the vacancy. The local election commission, however, declared the candidate to be ineligible, finding that he was not a resident of Lowell. It relied upon
As many of our readers are aware, the Commonwealth is experiencing a rapid growth in the number of new utility-scale solar energy generating facilities. This new development has presented frequent conflict between municipal zoning requirements and the protection for solar energy systems set forth in Section 3 of The Zoning Act, which provides: No zoning ordinance or by-law shall prohibit or unreasonably regulate the installation of solar energy systems or the building of stru
In Pinecroft Development, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Appeals of West Boylston, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reviewed a case of “split lot” zoning—a situation where a single lot extends over two or more zoning districts and is therefore subject to multiple or inconsistent use or dimensional regulations. The question is which zoning applies, and to what extent? Case law has established general principles for resolving such questions, but local bylaws can supplement these princi
At the end of 2020, the Governor signed a sweeping police reform bill, which, among other measures, created a new civilian oversight board to certify police officers and investigate misconduct. The Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) established by the Act includes a Division of Police Certification, charged with creating uniform policies and standards for the certification of all law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth. No law enforcemen
EPA has issued health advisories and grant announcement concerning PFAS in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued drinking water health advisories on June 15 for four pollutants, including PFAS, and emphasized that some of these chemicals may impact health at levels close to zero. The EPA also announced that it would make $1 billion in grant funding available to help communities reduce PFAS in drinking water. DOER issues draft municipal opt-in stret