Category: Development

It is for us the living, rather: Part 1, To be dedicated here

17 December, 2014 (10:00) | Archeology, Cemetery, Development, Easement, Encumbrance, Hartland, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Title, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith We have come to dedicate a portion of that field ‘Forever’ is a concept that we human beings use all too cavalierly in ordinary conversation but that when written into a contract (such as a land-use agreement or title deed) reverts to its pure English-language meaning – ‘without end’ – and […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 6, And miles to go before I sleep

25 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Finally, in the story of the potential 298 apartments in Belmont, 60 of them affordable (at no cost to the Town of Belmont, mind you), we come to the (most recent) day of reckoning, […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 5, But I have promises to keep

24 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from Friday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith By now, with four parts of this story completed, the opponents of a private owner’s development of its own property (consistent with the statewide zoning and the Chapter 40B mandate that all cities and towns have a […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 4, To ask if there is some mistake

21 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the saga of a site’s (so far non-) development ended with Massachusetts State Senator Will Brownsberger introducing, and having the legislature pass, a law that would authorize the Commonwealth to grant Belmont money for Belmont […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 3, Between the woods and frozen lake

20 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, those in Cambridge who oppose development in development have no legal standing – they do not own the land and they’re not elected or appointed officials with sway over Belmont’s zoning. Sources used in this post Boston […]