March 2020

Executive Orders in Connecticut Suspend and Modify Public Hearing Procedures

Governor Lamont has issued two Executive Orders relating to public agency meetings, Executive Order 7B, which allows public agency meetings to be held by video conference or conference call, and Executive Order 71, which suspends and modifies notice proced…

Proposed Massachusetts Bill Could Ease Permitting Process for Municipalities and Schools

On March 24, 2020, Governor Baker filed a proposed bill with the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives titled “An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19.”  The proposed bill, …

December 2019

Navigating Zoning Hurdles for Alternative Uses

Every month, it seems that another Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) has approved a new alternative use business in a location that previously housed typical retail or industrial establishments: an axe-throwing business in a former warehouse, an interac…

November 2019

When Are Cannabis Cafés Coming to Massachusetts?

This month marks one year since legal adult-use marijuana sales began in Massachusetts and made the Bay State the first state on the East Coast to implement legal, recreational sales of cannabis. Since then, the Cannabis Control Commission has approved doz…

July 2019

The Expanding Definition of Retail: Incorporating Alternative Uses in Retail Shopping Centers

As retail real estate continues to evolve, landlords are increasingly looking for tenants with alternative uses to fill vacant spaces in shopping centers. What once may have been a toy store, might now be outfitted as a fitness center. A storefront that on…

March 2019

Qualified Opportunity Zones: An Update

Hinckley Allen's A Practical Guide to the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program and Qualified Opportunity Zones: Insights from the Government's New Guidance detail a promising new program contained in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that provides significant …