(Dec 22, 2017) 2017 started with a bang. In February, Land Court issued a partial summary judgement, and found that an abutter owned the fee to Peter’s Way. That was a major milestone that would not have been possible but for hundreds of people in this group standing up for themselves and their community.
At the beginning of 2018, another big milestone could be reached. Now that depositions have been held, a trial at Land Court to decide the remainder of the case (whether the developer has an easement over Peter’s Way sufficient for the proposed development) is the next likely step.
What could happen if the abutter prevails?
We don’t know, but here is some speculation. Notwithstanding any appeals, a persuasive argument could be made at Housing Court that the development should be significantly scaled back (basically siding with the Sudbury ZBA).
If Housing Court were to side with the ZBA, the project would require a significant redesign and scaling-back, or the developer would withdraw if they believe that would truly render the project “uneconomic.”
Trials, of course, cost money. So here’s the ask:
The abutters have bravely stepped into the muck and mire, but they should not “go it alone.” This project will impact the entire town.
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