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...
"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...
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...
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...
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...