In a pair of cases decided in January 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the availability of unsubsidized, affordable market-rate housing cannot be considered in weighing a city's or town's local concerns against the regional need for low and moderate income housing under the Massachusetts comprehensive permit act, G.L. c. 40B, §§ 20-23. In Zoning Board of Appeals of Sunderland v. Sugarbush Meadow, LLC, 2013 Mass. LEXIS 7, Sugarbush Meadow, LLC (Sugarbush) applied for a comprehensive permit to build five, three-story buildings containing 150 rental apartments. The Sunderland zoning board of appeals denied the application. Sugarbush appealed the denial to the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC), which overturned the decision and ordered the board to issue the comprehensive permit. The Superior Court subsequently upheld the HAC decision.