An Interesting Court Decision Out Of Texas

Thanks to the Inverse Condemnation Blog for this one, their discussion is found here. HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT AND HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, PETITIONERS, v. EDWARD A. AND NORMA KERR, ET AL., RESPONDENTS is a Texas Supreme Court decision which, while not setting any precedent in Massachusetts, provides some important guidance for our local boards… More An Interesting Court Decision Out Of Texas

A Zoning Thought Regarding Lifting Homes In The Flood Zone

Our neighbors to the far south (New Jersey) are providing me with many lessons regarding things we can do to better prepare for potential storm related flooding. The nightmares associated with rebuilding are hindering recovery. One issue that delays recovery is having to submit plans to various boards for approval before they can start work,… More A Zoning Thought Regarding Lifting Homes In The Flood Zone

New City Rule Could Make Somerville Housing More Affordable – Real estate news – Boston.com

New City Rule Could Make Somerville Housing More Affordable – Real estate news – Boston.com. Definitely worth throwing on the table. We have programs that take care of those earning below 80% of median income, but very little for those earning just a hair above that 80% target. Somerville is taking a lead in promoting… More New City Rule Could Make Somerville Housing More Affordable – Real estate news – Boston.com

DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT

A second zoning amendment the Planning Board will be discussing tonight deals with allowing for “in-law” apartments. In 1999 the Planning Board brought to Town Meeting amendments to definitions. One definition added was the creation of a term “DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT” however, this particular use was never added to the use table.… More DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT

Division Of Structures Pre-dating Subdivision Control Onto Separate Lots

Another interesting concept from Nantucket addresses an inconsistency between the Subdivision Control Act and the Zoning Act. Chapter 41 Section 81L allows structures that are on one lot to be divided onto separate lots. Under the Zoning Act these new lots are illegal as new non-conformities are created by the land division. Nantucket Town Meeting… More Division Of Structures Pre-dating Subdivision Control Onto Separate Lots

“Tiny Houses” Food For Thought

Nantucket Town Meeting faced a petition article calling for the creation of a special zoning district for “Tiny Houses.” While, ultimately this issue appears to have been addressed in a different zoning amendment, it provides food for thought. The Nantucket proposal: “In order  to relieve  some of  the  pressure  for  affordable,  available  housing  for  year-round… More “Tiny Houses” Food For Thought

“Owner Occupied” Zoning Definition

From the “We can learn from what others are doing” school of zoning…. Nantucket just finished with its Town Meeting.  Needless to say they entertained a number of zoning amendments. Some mundane. Some intriguing. Drawing from a more detailed zoning amendment, I found them adopting a definition of “owner occupied.” As I read it, I… More “Owner Occupied” Zoning Definition