The SJC left the door open for appeals beyond the 30 day window, but within 30 days after seeking a request for an enforcement action, if the appellant did not have adequate notice of the order being challenged or when an abutter proceeds to construct something without a building permit.
The bottom line: no more Mr. Nice Guy. When you get a call of an alleged zoning violation, file an immediate appeal to the Board of Appeals. Do not try friendly persuasion. I wonder what will happen in those towns that do not allow you to file an application with the ZBA until you have first obtained an abutters’ list, and the clock will run out if you wait for the list.
PAUL F. ALPHEN, ESQUIRE
BALAS, ALPHEN & SANTOS, P.C.