Land Use And Environmental Law Section

The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Land Use Law: Navigating The 'Navigable' Waters

By EARL W. PHILLIPS JR. and EMILY DEANS

How do you determine if waters or wetlands fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA)? Despite the fact that the CWA was passed more than 34 years ago, this question and others related to the act are still being asked.

 

Land Use Law: Wetlands Agencies Vs. Zoning Boards Of Appeal

By KEVIN M. TIGHE

Development of real property in Connecticut will often require permits, licenses and approvals from several different municipal and state agencies. In some instances, the Connecticut General Statutes expressly provide for the order in which such permits, licenses and approvals must be obtained and the authority of such municipal and state agencies relative to each other.

 

Zoning Law: Zoning For A Health-Care Facility

By DIANE W. WHITNEY

Admit it, your first thought was, why would anyone care if a health-care facility was built in their neighborhood? But you were thinking of a nice, quiet nursing home, where the most activity that might take place would be family members gently pushing their elders in wheelchairs around a lush green lawn. A well- manicured lawn, surrounding a tastefully designed Colonial building.

 

Zoning Law: Outcry Follows Appellate Court Ruling In McDonald's Case

By KENNETH R. SLATER Jr.

There was much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth following the state Appellate Court's decision late last year in MacKenzie v. Planning and Zoning Commission of Monroe, 146 Conn. App. 406 (2013), in which the court ruled that zoning regulations that permit a zoning commission to apply flexible setback and landscaping requirements in approving development applications are invalid.

 

Environmental Law: Two Standards For Phase I Site Assessments

By ELIZABETH C. BARTON and RENÉ A. ORTEGA

On Dec. 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule accepting the use of a revised industry standard for the conduct of an initial environmental assessment of properties by an environmental technical professional.

 

 

Environmental Law: The Importance Of Choosing Your Words Wisely

By CINDY J. KARLSON

"The devil is in the details" is a familiar motto when it comes to legal drafting. Too many times attorneys make seemingly innocuous edits, such as "including but not limited to…" in contracts, or are not mindful of their time entries in terms of a client's potential future claims for cost reimbursement.


 



 

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