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Connecticut Wetland Laws Breach the Preemption Barrier: Sixth Circuit Holds that Federal Aviation Law Does Not Preempt Local Permit Process for Removing Wetland Trees

If you're a science fiction fan, you've likely encountered a story or two about invisible, impenetrable fields. Or, maybe as a Stephen King fan, you read the book, Under the Dome , which is about a small, New England town trapped beneath a huge, clear barrier. Either way, you've touched upon...

Vetstein Law Group: Wetlands, Swamps and Buffer Zones: A Primer on Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Law

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Overview of Wetlands Regulations Massachusetts has one of the most restrictive wetlands and environmental codes in the U.S. Simply put you cannot do anything - not clear, cut, fill, dump (not even leaves, grass clippings or dirt), alter, grade, landscape or build...

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Supreme Court Ruling May Lead to More Landowner Challenges of Land Use Regulations, Fees

By the Ballard Spahr LLP Zoning and Land Use Team The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in a long-running land use case holding that “extortionate demands” by the local government entity constituted illegal interference with a property owner/developer’s right to just...

Fenster on Land Use Exactions Takings & the Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District

By Professor Mark Fenster What will be the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District on the regulatory conditions called exactions common to land use regulation? Professor Mark Fenster analyzes the Court's decision, including the...

Wetlands and Agriculture: An Overview of Swampbuster

"Swampbuster." It is a fun word. However, it can cause some not-so-fun repercussions for farmers who violate its rules protecting wetlands. Swampbuster is the term used for the federal law that discourages farmers from altering wetlands by withholding federal farm program benefits from any...