A bill that would have restricted the right of Massachusetts nonprofit schools, colleges and universities to build or renovate campus structures is no longer in play on Beacon Hill, thanks to the efforts of MANS&C Legislative Counsel John J. Spillane.
Senate Bill 92 would have shattered the state’s Dover Amendment, which gives local planning boards very limited power to derail building permit applications from nonprofit educational institutions. The bill would have expanded the boards’ reach and also enabled communities to institute a site plan review for these projects.
Under the current law, churches and schools do not need the approval of local review boards for their construction plans.
According to Spillane, the bill was sent to study and is effectively dead for the remainder of the current legislative session.