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Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Supreme Court Ruling May Lead to More Landowner Challenges of Land Use Regulations, Fees
Posted on 30 Jul 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Wetlands and Agriculture: An Overview of Swampbuster
Posted on 17 Oct 2013 by Todd Janzen

"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... Read More

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
Posted on 17 Oct 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Connecticut Wetland Laws Breach the Preemption Barrier: Sixth Circuit Holds that Federal Aviation Law Does Not Preempt Local Permit Process for Removing Wetland Trees
Posted on 25 Feb 2011 by Travis Burchart

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... Read More

Vetstein Law Group: Wetlands, Swamps and Buffer Zones: A Primer on Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Law
Posted on 20 May 2011 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

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... Read More