SJC Explains that Municipalities May Prohibit Construction of Heliports on Private Property
If your plans for the upcoming weekend include building a heliport in your backyard, I have terrible news for you: the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that, pursuant to their zoning powers, municipalities may prevent construction of private, non-commercial heliports.
The decision in Roma, III, Ltd. v. Board of Appeals of Rockport, ends a dispute between a local helicopter pilot and the Town of Rockport that started in November 2014. At that time, the building inspector issued an enforcement order finding that a heliport was not permitted without a variance or special-use permit. The Board of Appeals unanimously affirmed the enforcement order.
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