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April 2019 Archives

Boston slowly making changes to increase housing units

State and local agencies in Massachusetts tend to be resistant to any changes in zoning, or just about any other issue in real estate. Occasionally however, local governments can be open to new ideas about land development, with some good results for property owners and business.

Your rights if there is a utility easement on your property

As a Massachusetts property owner, you want to be able to use your property as you see fit. Even if you own land, it is possible that a utility easement could impact what you do with your property, what structures you can build and much more. If you learn there is an easement on your property, you would be wise to learn more about what this means for you.

When land use and zoning laws conflict

Local governments rely on the practice of zoning when they plan their urban areas. Without zoning laws, a town might be a mishmash of commercial, industrial and residential areas, causing traffic congestion, inconvenience and possible health hazards. However, zoning is far from an exact science, and sometimes landowners have a good reason to seek to free their property from a zoning law.

Zoning board to hold off on changes until 2020

The city council has been toying around with a major overhaul of Boston's zoning laws in recent years. The current land use and zoning law has been in place for the city for the last three decades or so, so it's only natural that the policies would be outdated in comparison to today's world. However, the mayor has put the brakes on that project, and instead is projecting completion in 2020. Recent drafts and discussions about the zoning laws have seen support, but also criticism from the public.

About express and implied easements

In a busy and crowded place like Boston, space is at a premium. It's places like this where express and implied easements are more common. This is because, with space at a in such high demand, there are more 'common' spaces. Implied and express easements are often in place in situations in which many people are seeking access to a place, and space is limited. So how do you know if the property is subject to an express or implied easement?

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