May 2020

Expedited Approval for Outdoor Permits Just in Time for Connecticut’s Re-Opening

Prior to the first phase of re-opening non-essential businesses in the State of Connecticut, which will commence on May 20, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order 7MM (“the Order”) to expedite the approval and permitting process for businesse…

April 2020

Massachusetts Takes Action to Ease Permitting Process for Municipalities and State Authorities During COVID-19 State of Emergency

On April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed legislation titled “An Act To Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19” (the “Act”).  The Act, among other things, makes a number of changes to the local permi…

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…

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…

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 …