Section Review

Section Review

SJC ruling in Chandler v. County Commissioners of Nantucket beaches land taking attempt for use other than roadway

In Chandler v. County Commissioners of Nantucket, 437 Mass. 430 (2002), the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a local government may not invoke its power to take private property by eminent domain under G. L. c. 82, a statute that permits such takings "necessary for the purpose of laying out, altering, or relocating a highway," when it has no intention of constructing actual roadways for public travel.
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