Diane Whitney

Diane Whitney

Pullman & Comley, LLC

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Alert: Gas Station Owners: State to Pursue Claims of MTBE Contamination

Over a decade ago, Connecticut, like much of the country, had concerns over groundwater contamination from gasoline containing the additive MTBE. Although much of the country had let the issue of MTBE contamination fall by...more

2/10/2016 - Automotive Industry Contamination Groundwater Injunctive Relief Oil & Gas Petroleum Pollution Control

CT Law of the Land

Week of September 23 - Limits of relief possible for Intervenor under CGS 22a-19 - In Hunter Ridge LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission Connecticut’s Supreme Court considered whether injunctive relief was available...more

10/2/2015 - Appeals Conflicts of Interest CT Supreme Court Department of Environmental Management Enforcement Officers Environmental Claims Governmental Immunity Injunctions Intervenors Land Developers Land-Use Permits New Legislation Standard of Review Uniform Standards Urban Planning & Development Wetlands Zoning Laws

EPA Announces Clean Power Plan

On Monday August 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a final Clean Power Plan that it claims will cut carbon emissions from existing electric power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by the year...more

8/4/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan EPA Natural Gas Obama Administration Political Debates Renewable Energy

CT Law of the Land

Week of July 29 - No Hardship for Legally Nonconforming Residence - The owners of a residence in Fairfield that was legally nonconforming – that is, it failed to comply with zoning requirements in place now – wanted...more

8/1/2015 - Nonconforming Use Residential Property Owners Variances Zoning Laws

CT Law of the Land

Week of July 6 - In June 2015, the Connecticut Appellate Court issued two significant land use decisions summarized below. In the first decision the Court analyzed when a town’s zoning regulation might be deemed void...more

7/14/2015 - Cease and Desist Construction Industry Easements Land-Use Permits Property Owners Subject Matter Jurisdiction Vagueness Zoning Laws

CT Law of the Land

AC36196 - Verrillo v. Zoning Board of Appeals - Attorneys who practice in the land-use arena know that there is often a divergence between how local Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBAs”), comprised of lay members, view...more

3/11/2015 - Appeals Burden of Proof Undue Hardship Variances Zoning Laws

CT Law of the Land

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book...more

1/26/2015 - State and Local Government

CT Law of the Land

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in...more

9/19/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

CT Law of the Land

AC35796 - Michos v. Planning & Zoning Commission - This decision held that the Town of Easton P&Z Commission violated its own regulations when it approved a house of worship with 80% of the parking in front of the...more

7/10/2014 - Religious Institutions RLUIPA Setback Rules

CT Law of the Land: East Windsor v. Dearborn Memorandum of Decision

After about seven years of trying to get a landowner to comply with its zoning and wetland regulations, the Town of East Windsor looked to the courts for enforcement help. ...more

6/3/2014 - Enforcement Land Owners Wetlands

CT Law of the Land

AC35612 - Greenwood Manor, LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission - During a review of its current zoning regulations, the attorney for a property owner wrote to the planning commission and strongly urged it to downgrade...more

6/2/2014 - Condominium Associations Condominiums Land Titles Standing

Marijuana Dispensaries Should Be Put On Main Street

Medical marijuana is now legal in Connecticut, though still not legal under federal law. Control over the industry is in the hands of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), which has chosen four companies to operate...more

5/15/2014 - Dispensaries Federal Jurisdiction Medical Marijuana Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmacies Prescription Drugs State and Local Government

CT Law of the Land

AC35464 - Yorgensen v. Chapdelaine - In this new Appellate Court decision, the plaintiff was issued a building permit to construct a barn, but town officials thereafter also observed grading adjacent to the wetlands...more

5/12/2014 - Appeals Building Permits Cease and Desist Declaratory Judgments Enforcement Actions Jurisdiction Wetlands

Zoning for a Health Care Facility: A Few Things to Think About

Admit it – your first thought was, why would anyone care if a health care facility was built in their neighborhood? But you were thinking of a nice, quiet nursing home, where the most activity that might take place would be...more

4/17/2014 - Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Hospitals

Vapor Intrusion “Guidance” – What Now?

"The Fog comes in on little cat feet," according to Carl Sandburg, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells us that vapors come in through cracks in basements, utility lines, and the like — considerably less poetic...more

12/10/2013 - Air Pollution Environmental Policies EPA Vapor Intrusion

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