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SJC to hear Regis appeal on housing plan

March 1, 2011

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The state’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeal of Regis College, which wants to build a 362-unit retirement village alongside new classrooms and computer labs on its Weston campus, the college announced yesterday. Lawyers for Regis argue that the college is allowed to bypass local zoning laws under a state law known as the Dover Amendment, which allows zoning exemptions for educational and religious facilities. But the Land Court ruled last year that the development was primarily a housing program, generating income for the college, and therefore not covered by the Dover Amendment. Regis had appealed to the state Appeals Court, but the Supreme Judicial Court agreed to take the case, according to a Feb. 24 letter from the court.