Chief Justice of State Land Court Rejects Herring Creek Challenge to Zoning Law
Julia Wells

In a landmark decision which marks a sweeping victory for the Vineyard and deals a crippling defeat to the Herring Creek Farm Trust, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court upheld three-acre zoning in the town of Edgartown yesterday. The decision is believed to be the most important legal opinion for the Vineyard since the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of the Martha's Vineyard Commission on the Island Properties case nearly two decades ago.

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Richard Renehan, Boston Attorney Who Defended the Vineyard Against Developers, Dies at 86
Julia Wells

The widely respected Boston trial attorney whose work on Martha’s Vineyard spanned more than four decades, died March 4 at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Herring Creek Farm Sells for Record $64 Million
Julia Wells

Ending months of speculation and more than a decade of bitter warring over development plans - both in and out of court - the 215-acre, ecologically rare Herring Creek Farm in Edgartown was sold this week for a record $64 Million.

The new owners of the storied Great Plains farm include The Nature Conservancy, the FARM Institute and three private buyers.

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The Land of Herring Creek Farm Long and Tortuous Tale
Julia Wells

It began with a suburban-style subdivision plan, polished like a shiny apple: Maximum density, 54 luxury homes, two beach clubs with swimming pools.

It ended last week with a record real estate sale and a subdivision plan of a markedly different color: Six new luxury homes added to five existing homes and a vast sweep of farmland saved forever.

But between the beginning and the end of the Herring Creek Farm story there is another story.

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The Land of Herring Creek Farm Doctrine for Preservation
Julia Wells
When Steven McCormick was a law student, he asked a professor to explain the exact meaning of the word perpetuity. The law professor's reply to the young student was simple and direct. "It means forever - and a day," the professor said.

Forever and a day is exactly how long the farm fields will now be preserved at the Herring Creek Farm in Edgartown, and on the Vineyard this week Mr.

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Herring Creek Farm Sale Nears Completion
Julia Wells

Herring Creek Farm, the storied and richly diverse Great Plains farm in the rural coastal perimeters of Edgartown, is now set to be sold for a record price to an eclectic group that includes two nonprofit conservation organizations and two private buyers.

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Herring Creek Trust Files New Lawsuit
Julia Wells
The Herring Creek Farm Trust has filed a new lawsuit against the Martha's Vineyard Commission, appealing a recent decision by the commission to eliminate a private beach association from a development plan for the farm. The 32-lot luxury home development plan for the farm was approved by the commission in November. The approval was accompanied by some 22 conditions. One condition eliminated a 250-member private beach association from the plan.
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Private Sale of Herring Creek Farm Linked to Development Plan Approval
Julia Wells
The leading spokesman for the Herring Creek Farm Trust told the Edgartown planning board this week that the sale of the farm to a private buyer now hinges on the board's approval of a luxury home subdivision plan for the farm.
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Herring Creek Farm Private Sale Raised
Julia Wells

A 32-lot luxury home subdivision plan for the Herring Creek Farm in Edgartown cleared the final hurdle for approval this week, but if a complicated private agreement for the sale of the farm is completed in the months ahead, the subdivision may never be developed.

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For Sale: Seven Acres at Herring Creek
Mandy Locke

FARM Institute, the novice non-profit dedicated to bolstering the Vineyard's agricultural heritage, is putting its first Island home up for sale, planning to surrender a foothold in the storied Herring Creek Farm.

The transaction will help bankroll the institute's vision for neighboring Katama Farm - a 190-acre spread that the town of Edgartown turned over to FARM Institute this spring.

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