Down Island Golf Club

Don't Start Cutting, Developers Warned

Don't Start Cutting, Developers Warned

Kupersmith's Attorney, Vowing Defiance of Cease and Desist Order, Is Told Criminal Charges Could Come

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

Attorneys for the Down Island Golf Club have clashed head-on with top state environmental officials, declaring bluntly that the developers will not comply with the recent cease and desist order in the southern woodlands.

State's Order Is Posted in Southern Woodlands, Bars 'Further Activities'

Top state environmental officials stepped squarely into the fray around the Down Island Golf Club this week, ordering developers Brian Lafferty and Corey Kupersmith to immediately halt all tree cutting in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs.

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.

MVC Shows Support for Veteran Member, Rejecting Bias Charges

MVC Shows Support for Veteran Member, Rejecting Bias Charges

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In an unqualified show of confidence for one of its own members who has been under relentless attack by the developers of the Down Island Golf Club, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted without dissent last night that commission member Linda Sibley is free from bias and prejudice.

Southern Woodlands Hearing Is Set, but Developers Seem Primed to Fight

Southern Woodlands Hearing Is Set, but Developers Seem Primed to Fight

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

On the eve of a public hearing - now set for next week - to review a massive housing project in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs, the developers of the Down Island Golf Club appear to be charting a fresh collision course with the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

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.

Once More Before the Court: Power of the Commission

Once More Before the Court: Power of the Commission

By JULIA WELLS

The unique power of the Martha's Vineyard Commission to review low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute, will come under scrutiny again later this month in the Massachusetts Land Court.

Developers Bring Their Housing Plan Back to Commission

Developers Bring Their Housing Plan Back to Commission

By JULIA WELLS

Alternately cracking shrill jokes and smacking the table with his hand, a Bolton housing developer last night unveiled a new version of a plan to build 320 homes on the southern woodlands property once planned as the site for the Down Island Golf Club.

Brian Lafferty, who works for property owner and would-be golf club developer Corey Kupersmith, wasted little time before throwing down the gauntlet in front of the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

Golf Course Developers Attack Land Commission in Superior Court Lawsuit

Using new lawyers but spelling out the same themes, the developers of the Down Island Golf Club filed a lawsuit against the Martha's Vineyard Commission late last week, attacking everything from the recent vote to reject a luxury golf course project in the southern woodlands to the enabling legislation that created the commission.

Eleventh-Hour Chaos Precedes MVC Final Vote on Golf Course

The Martha's Vineyard Commission last night affirmed its decision to reject the Down Island Golf Club plan, but not before a minor fracas around an unexpected eleventh-hour pitch from the Oak Bluffs selectmen to have the commission delay the final written version of the denial.

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