2004

Don't Start Cutting, Developers Warned

Kupersmith's Attorney, Vowing Defiance of Cease and Desist Order, Is Told Criminal Charges Could Come

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

Attorneys for the Down Island Golf Club have clashed head-on with top state environmental officials, declaring bluntly that the developers will not comply with the recent cease and desist order in the southern woodlands.

Top state environmental officials stepped squarely into the fray around the Down Island Golf Club this week, ordering developers Brian Lafferty and Corey Kupersmith to immediately halt all tree cutting in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs.

2003

Land Court Upholds Power of MVC To Review 40B Housing Projects

Developer of Golf Club Will Appeal

By JULIA WELLS

Gazette Senior Writer

For the second time in less than two years, yesterday a Massachusetts Land Court judge ruled that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

MVC Shows Support for Veteran Member, Rejecting Bias Charges

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In an unqualified show of confidence for one of its own members who has been under relentless attack by the developers of the Down Island Golf Club, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted without dissent last night that commission member Linda Sibley is free from bias and prejudice.

Southern Woodlands Hearing Is Set, but Developers Seem Primed to Fight

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

On the eve of a public hearing - now set for next week - to review a massive housing project in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs, the developers of the Down Island Golf Club appear to be charting a fresh collision course with the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

Golf Club Case Gets a Hearing

A Motion for Court to Reconsider Earlier Ruling Takes Lawyers to Boston; How Powerful Is Island Commission?

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

BOSTON - An attorney who represents the Down Island Golf Club developers tried to convince a Massachusetts Land Court judge this week that the court's chief justice was wrong when he ruled last year that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over affordable housing developments - including the power to reject them.

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