Attorneys John J. Goldrosen
John J. Goldrosen
Practice Areas: General Municipal, Land Use, Environmental, Real Estate, Litigation
Attorney John Goldrosen represents cities and towns in all aspects of general municipal law, including town meetings, municipal charters and by-laws, conflict of interests, public records, the Open Meeting Law, and municipal finance. He has nearly 10 years of experience in land use, real estate, and environmental law. In this capacity, he counsels municipalities on issues concerning the interpretation and application of zoning by-laws, subdivision control regulations, wetlands statutes and by-laws, and Chapter 40B comprehensive permits, by providing opinions to town boards and reviewing proposed decisions and by-laws. He represents municipalities in proceedings before the Land Court, Superior Court, and Division of Administrative Law Appeals, and in appellate cases. Before joining the firm, Attorney Goldrosen was an associate at a large Boston law firm, where he practiced land use law and commercial litigation, and represented both private clients and public entities, including regional regulatory commissions.
Attorney Goldrosen is an active participant in his local municipal government. He has served on the Town of Whitman Zoning Board of Appeals for 10 years, and is currently its Chairman. He previously served on, and was chairman of, the Whitman Finance Committee. His other community activities include service as president of a local road running club and as Massachusetts state representative for the Road Runners Club of America.
Attorney Goldrosen has previous experience as an environmental planner and in private business, having owned and operated a family bookstore. He is also a published author: his biography of the rock’n’roll singer Buddy Holly was the basis for the movie “The Buddy Holly Story,” the musical “Buddy,” and several television documentaries.
- Chiancola v. Board of Appeals of Rockport, 65 Mass. App. Ct. 636 (2006). Appeals Court upheld the denial of a variance that had been sought to allow the construction of a driveway across private rights of way to access a parcel that lacked usable access across the parcel’s frontage. Court also held that the variance denial did not constitute a regulatory taking.
- Assisted the Town of Rockland Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals in drafting an amendment to the Zoning By-Law to permit Residential Senior Housing developments.
- Assisted several towns in drafting stormwater management by-laws to meet EPA requirements for local regulatory programs to control discharge into and from municipal separate storm sewer systems.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, MA
Law Clerk (1996-1997)
Memberships & Affiliations
- City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Boston Bar Association
- Member and Chairman, Zoning Board of Appeals, Whitman, MA (1997-present)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Massachusetts Bar
- U.S. District Court (Mass.)
Harvard Law School
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1996
University of North Carolina
Master of Regional Planning, 1975
A.B., magna cum laude, 1971
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