October 2020

Connecticut Phase 3 Reopening and Potential Municipal Variation

View our original coverage of Connecticut's reopening process here.On October 8, 2020, Connecticut entered Phase 3 of the reopening process since the State closed down earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the newest phase, as a resu…

Land Use and Other Considerations for Addition of Drive-Throughs and Contactless Pick-Up

This article was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal on November 13, 2020.While drive-throughs and express or pick-up parking spaces for retail, grocery, restaurant and other uses have already been expanding, the Covid-19 pandemic has exponenti…

September 2020

Land Use Considerations for Converting Vacant Retail Space for Distribution Spaces

This article was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal on December 18, 2020. To view the article, please click here.The continued decline of big box retailers, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, has left large spaces in malls and shopping plaz…

May 2020

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

View our updated coverage of Connecticut's reopening process from October 2020 here.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…

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…