Lawsuit Over Zoning Dismissed, But the Damage is Done

The Town of Kingston, Massachusetts won a lawsuit this week, filed over whether land around the town's commuter rail station was properly rezoned -- but lost the promised developer and a state grant for smart growth in the process.

The developer had planned 730 units of housing and 300,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, but bailed when the legal process got too long and costly. The state grant of $600,000 is still in question.

Reporter Jon Chesto writes that instead, "property owner Mary O'Donnell is moving forward with plans to build four wind turbines on the 109-acre site off Marion Drive."

The State Supreme Court, in their decision, said that the town had made some errors but they weren't egregious enough to negate the zoning amendment.

Full Story: SJC sides with Kingston in battle over zoning near train station


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