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Municipal Law

Cove & Hogarth has served several local municipalities as both Town Counsel and City Solicitors. The law office has a special interest in local government legal issues, including:

  • Zoning and Planning
  • Tax Abatements
  • Licenses and Permits
  • Construction Law
  • Municipal Administration
  • Eminent Domain
  • Drafting Bylaws

Attorney Cove has written numerous legal articles on Municipal Law, including:

  • Cell Towers and Zoning
  • Municipal Trusts and Charitable Gifts
  • Federal Law and Local Government

He also won the national landmark case on cell towers in Southwestern Bell vs. Todd et al. This was the first case in the nation where a town was successful in denying a cell tower site, and was one of the most important cases in the development of cell tower law.

The office is well known for its work with municipal water and sewer projects including work in:

  • The layout and design of systems
  • Land acquisition
  • Construction sites and contracts
  • Settlements and bonding issues.

In addition, Attorney Cove wrote two chapters of the Massachusetts Municipal Law Handbook for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Foundation. He has also lectured to various groups on Municipal Law, including the annual conference of "Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association" and the "Massachusetts Federation of Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal".

The law office is a member of the Massachusetts City Solicitors Town Counsel Association.

"There are two governments - in a sense, two sovereignties. Cities and Towns as political subdivisions of the state enjoy the prerogatives of sovereignty and it is important to so recognize this important aspect of local government."

Joseph C. Cove

Massachusetts Municipal Law Handbook, Chapter 5, "The Relationship Between Federal and Local Government".

"Once a finding is made that federal law preempts the field, the federal remedy supersedes any state remedy. Hence, by way of example, Massachusetts zoning law will not apply to an issue involving the Federal Telecommunications Act"

Joseph C. Cove

Massachusetts Municipal Law Handbook, Chapter 5, "The Relationship Between Federal and Local Government".