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Reynolds v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Stow, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-144-15)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030;   14-P-663                                        Appeals Court   GREGORY REYNOLDS  vs.  ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS OF STOW & another.[1] No. 14-P-663. Middlesex.     January 13, 2015. – September 15, 2015.   Present:  Trainor, Vuono, Hanlon, JJ.   Housing.  Zoning, Board of appeals:  decision; Low and moderate income housing; Comprehensive permit.  Practice, Civil, Standing.     Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on November 23, 2010.   The case was heard by Kenneth W. Salinger, J.     Dennis A. Murphy (Daniel C. Hill with him) for the plaintiff. David S. Weiss (Elizabeth Levine with him) for Stow Elderly Housing Corporation. Barbara Huggins for zoning board of appeals of Stow.        TRAINOR, J.  The plaintiff appeals from a Superior Court judgment affirming a comprehensive permit issued pursuant to the Comprehensive Permit Act, G. L. c. 40B, §§ 20-23 (Act), by the zoning board of appeals (board) of Stow (town) to the Stow Elderly Housing Corporation (SEHC) for the construction of a low and moderate income elderly housing project.  The plaintiff, a southeast abutter of the locus, contended, among other things, that the private wells on his and his neighbors’ properties will have elevated nitrogen levels due to the discharge into the waste disposal system designed for the locus and, therefore, it was unreasonable for the board to waive certain waste disposal limitations contained in the town bylaw.  Stow, Mass., Zoning Bylaw (including amendments through May 3, 2010) (bylaw).  For the reasons set forth below, we reverse. 1.  Background.  a.  Stow Elderly Housing Corporation and Plantation I.  SEHC is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1981 for the primary purpose of developing, owning, and operating affordable housing.  In 1983, SEHC obtained a comprehensive permit under the Act to construct Plantation Apartments I (Plantation I), a fifty-unit low-income senior apartment complex on a lot that is adjacent to the locus.  Plantation I is served by a private well and a private septic system on the property.  Although SEHC was the original owner and developer of Plantation I, in 2004, it transferred ownership of the buildings and granted a long-term lease of the land to Plantation Apartments Limited Partnership, while retaining the fee in the land.  SEHC owns and controls the limited partnership’s general partner, and was the initial limited partner.[2] b.  Plan for the locus.  SEHC is under agreement to purchase an approximately two and one-half acre lot (locus) […]


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