Judge Denies Injunction in Cape Pogue Case
A legal effort by two Chappaquiddick landowners to block oversand vehicle (OSV) access to the tip of Cape Pogue for the 2022 season has been denied by a Massachusetts Land Court justice.
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Chief Justice of State Land Court Rejects Herring Creek Challenge to Zoning Law

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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In Long-Running Case, Court Ruling Favors Bear Realty Trust
Jane Seagrave

Aquinnah landowners who have been battling for nearly 18 years to develop some 30 acres of land off Moshup Trail won a favorable decision this week from the state Court of Appeals, but the convoluted legal saga continues.

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Land Court Rules for Sheriff's Meadow in Property Ownership Dispute

The decision ends a bitter dispute over ownership of a three-acre parcel of land in Chilmark. Nisa Counter and Benjamin Ramsey bought the lot on Blue Barque Road in 2010 from a family member. Sheriff’s Meadow said the land was part of a 10-acre parcel gifted by the late C. Russell Walton.

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Land Court Ruling: Loss for Developers
A Massachusetts Land Court judge last week dismissed the central claim in a complicated property rights case that centers on an attempt by a group of developers to open up access to a vast area of landlocked lots off Moshup Trail in Aquinnah.
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Developers Sketch Outline of Proposals for Woodlands Area

Developers Sketch Outline of Proposals for Woodlands Area

By JULIA WELLS

Anxious to regain the upper hand following a defeat in the Massachusetts Land Court last week, the developers who want to convert the southern woodlands in Oak Bluffs to a private luxury golf course - and now also luxury housing - scrambled to put out the word that they have a new deal on the table.

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MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In a groundbreaking decision that affects every town on the Vineyard, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court ruled last week that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

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Land Court Hears Crucial MVC Case

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court heard arguments this week in a groundbreaking case that will ultimately decide whether the Martha's Vineyard Commission has the power to review low and moderate-income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

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Land Court Upholds Power of MVC to Review 40B Housing Projects; Developer of Golf Club Will Appeal

Land Court Upholds Power of MVC To Review 40B Housing Projects

Developer of Golf Club Will Appeal

By JULIA WELLS

Gazette Senior Writer

For the second time in less than two years, yesterday a Massachusetts Land Court judge ruled that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

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Golf Club Case Gets a Hearing

Golf Club Case Gets a Hearing

A Motion for Court to Reconsider Earlier Ruling Takes Lawyers to Boston; How Powerful Is Island Commission?

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

BOSTON - An attorney who represents the Down Island Golf Club developers tried to convince a Massachusetts Land Court judge this week that the court's chief justice was wrong when he ruled last year that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over affordable housing developments - including the power to reject them.

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