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In The Matter Of KENWOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, REQUESTOR
Docket No. 97-022
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
1998 MA ENV LEXIS 952
January 23, 1998
FACILITY-NAME: Landowner: Kenwood Devel. Corp.; Property: 51 Mill St., a/k/a/ 57 Mill St., Reading
SYLLABUS: The Reading Conservation Commission sought to change a previously-issued determination of applica-
bility. Kenwood Development Corporation appealed the Commission's "Correction" Determination of Applicability to
the Department of Environmental Protection. The Department declined to issue a superseding determination of applica-
bility, advising that it considered the Commission's attempt to change the first Determination invalid, as the Wetlands
Regulations provide that determinations of applicability are valid for three years. The Commission appealed for an ad-
judicatory hearing, and Kenwood moved for summary decision. This ruling holds that exceptions to the so-called
"three-year rule" exist in cases of fraud or mutual mistake of fact. The Commission is ordered to make a further filing
substantiating any claim it may have under these exceptions.
COUNSEL: Cheryl A. Blaine, Esq., H Theodore Cohen, Esq. (Keegan, Werlin & Pabian, L.L.P.), Boston, for the
Reading Conservation Commission; Tricia L. Mangone, Esq., Boston, for the Department of Environmental Protection;
Mark W. Roberts, Esq., Cindy J. Unsworth, Esq. (McRoberts & Roberts, L.L.P.), Boston, for Kenwood Development
JUDGES: KRISTIN M. PALACE, Administrative Law Judge
[*1] DETERMINATION OF APPLICABILITY RULING AND ORDER
In this case of one too many or too few determinations of applicability, depending on one's point of view, a Conserva-
tion Commission appeals the Department of Environmental Protection's refusal to issue a superseding determination of
applicability ("SDA") under the Wetlands Protection Act, M.G.L. c.131, 40. The requestor of the original determination
of applicability seeks a decision sustaining the Department's refusal, and moves for summary decision against the Con-
servation Commission. In this ruling, I conclude as a matter of law that certain exceptions exist to the general rule that
determinations of applicability are binding for three years, and order the Conservation Commission to file an additional
response to the motion for summary decision.
On March 6, 1995, the Reading Conservation Commission issued a Determination of Applicability to William
Barrett of Colonial Village Development. The Conservation Commission found that the property known as 51 Mill
Street n1 was subject to the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act (the "Act") and the Town of Reading's wet-
lands by-law. The Determination established [*2] the boundaries of the wetland resource areas on the property by
referencing a plan depicting those boundaries. The plan, entitled "Plan of Land in Reading, Massachusetts, Lot 3, 51
Mill Street," was signed and stamped by Richard Lord, RLS, dated January 24, 1995 and revised February 1, 15, and
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n1 a/k/a 57 Mill Street, Assessors' Map 245, plot 2.
Some time after the Determination was issued, Kenwood Development Corporation bought the property at 51 Mill
Street. On September 27, 1995, Kenwood filed a Notice of Intent under the Act with the Reading Conservation Com-
On April 19, 1996, apparently without acting on the Notice of Intent, n2 the Conservation Commission held a pub-
lic hearing and issued another Determination of Applicability for the property at 51 Mill Street under both the Act and
the Reading by-law. This Determination, which was made at the Commission's own behest, was titled "Correction De-
termination of Applicability." The "corrected" Determination changed a portion of the wetland line established [*3] in
the first Determination. As a result, a larger portion of the lot became subject to regulation under the Act.
n2 The Notice of Intent is still pending. Kenwood Development Corporation has not appealed the Conser-
vation Commission's failure to act under 310 CMR 10.05(7)(b)4.
Kenwood appealed this second, "corrected" Determination to the Department of Environmental Protection by re-
questing a superseding determination of applicability. Kenwood also appealed the Conservation Commission's decision
under the Reading by-law to Middlesex Superior Court. n3 The Department's northeast regional office acted first. It
declined to issue a superseding determination, advising instead on January 29, 1997 n4 that it considered the "corrected"
Determination invalid, as the Wetlands Regulations made the first Determination valid for three years, see 310 CMR
10.05(3)(b) (1). The regional office directed the Reading Conservation Commission to proceed with its review of the
Notice of [*4] Intent. Instead, the Conservation Commission appealed the Department's decision by requesting an ad-
judicatory hearing. While this appeal was pending, the Superior Court granted summary judgment in the by-law appeal
to Kenwood, holding that the "corrected" Determination was invalid. n5
n3 Appeals from local by-law decisions are taken to a court of appropriate jurisdiction, not to the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection. The Department is not typically a party to these appeals, and was not a party
to Kenwood's appeal of the Conservation Commission's by-law decision. Appeals from local conservation
commission decisions under the Wetlands Protection Act, on the other hand, are taken to the Department. Final
decisions issued by the Department under the Wetlands Protection Act are appealable to the Superior Court in
accordance with M.G.L. c.30A.
n4 The letter, addressed to Donald Nadeau, Conservation Administrator for the Reading Conservation
Commission and signed by Sabin Lord, Jr., DEP Regional Engineer, is dated January 29, 1996. It is clear from
the events cited in it, however, that the letter was actually issued on January 29, 1997; the 1996 date is thus a
mistake, common enough at the beginning of every year.
n5 The parties had requested that this matter be stayed pending the decision by the Superior Court. As the
court has now ruled, there remains no reason to consider the stay motion in this case, and no reason to delay this
decision on the pending motion for summary decision.
After the Conservation Commission filed this appeal for an adjudicatory hearing, Kenwood moved for summary
decision. The Conservation Commission filed an opposition to Kenwood's motion; the Department submitted a memo-
randum in support of it.
On September 18, 1997, I ordered the parties to submit additional briefs addressing two questions: 1) do any excep-
tions exist to the general rule that determinations of applicability are binding for three years, specifically, should excep-
tions be made in cases of mistake or fraud, and 2) what effect, if any, does the Middlesex Superior Court's decision on
the by-law appeal have on this matter? All parties filed briefs; the Conservation Commission also filed a reply to the
other parties' briefings.
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In granting summary judgment to Kenwood on its appeal of the "corrected" [*6] Determination under the
by-law, the Superior Court rejected the Conservation Commission's argument that it was entitled to correct an error
made in the first Determination. Instead, the Court concluded, in a brief decision, that the Commission had issued the
first Determination "having all the necessary information," and held that the Determination, under the by-law, was valid
for three years and could not now be changed.
The Reading by-law does not itself specify a time period for the validity of determinations of applicability. Instead,
it incorporates by reference those definitions, timeframes and procedures set out in the Wetlands Protection Act and the
Department's Wetlands Regulations that are not inconsistent with the by-law. The Middlesex Superior Court looked to
the language of the Department's regulation at 310 CMR 10.05(3)(b)1 in deciding that the by-law Determination of Ap-
plicability was valid for three years.
All of the parties assert that the Superior Court's decision is not binding on this forum. The parties agree that the
Superior Court's decision was limited to a review of the Conservation Commission's actions under the local by-law. The
[*7] validity of the "corrected" Determination under the Wetlands Protection Act was not before the Court.
Nevertheless, the Department and Kenwood urge that I should look to the Superior Court ruling as persuasive au-
thority and follow the court's lead. The Conservation Commission, while conceding that the Superior Court decision
may be persuasive authority, argues that I am free to reach a contrary result. Citing DeGrace v. Conservation Commis-
sion of Harwich, 31 Mass. App. Ct. 132, 575 N.E.2d 373 (1991), the Conservation Commission urges that the Depart-
ment has the authority to make the final decision under its regulations when those regulations are incorporated verbatim
in a local by-law.
In DeGrace, the Harwich Conservation Commission denied plaintiffs permission to build their proposed house un-
der both the Harwich by-law and the Wetlands Protection Act. At issue was whether an area of the plaintiff's property
qualified as a regulated wetlands resource area. The Harwich by-law incorporated by reference the definition sections
of the Department's Wetlands Regulations. The plaintiffs appealed the by-law decision to District Court and the [*8]
decision under the Wetlands Protection Act to the Department of Environmental Protection. n6 The District Court af-
firmed the Commission's by-law denial; the Department reversed the Commission's decision and issued a permit under
the Wetlands Protection Act. In reversing and vacating the District Court decision, the Appeals Court observed that
local authorities have the power to impose standards more stringent than those set under the Wetlands Protection Act
and its regulations. However, when a town chooses to incorporate by reference a section of the Wetlands Regulations,
it necessarily follows that the town has chosen not to impose more stringent controls. Under those circumstances, the
Court held, the Department has the final authority to interpret its regulations and approve or disapprove the application.
The Department's approval of the project made the appeal of the Conservation Commission's order to the District Court
moot. 575 N.E.2d at 376.
n6 The Department of Environmental Protection was known at that time as the Department of Environmen-
tal Quality Engineering, and DeGrace refers to the Department by that name.
Here, the Reading by-law has incorporated by reference the Department's regulation on determinations of applica-
bility. The reasoning of DeGrace applies to this case; the Department is free to interpret its own regulation. The decision
of the Superior Court, which was rendered only on the local by-law (notwithstanding that it refers to the Wetlands Pro-
tection Act) and without the benefit of any input from the Department, is not binding on this forum. I conclude that I
may examine the Department's regulation in the context of this summary decision motion without deferring to the Supe-
A. Standard for Summary Decision
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The Department's Rules for Adjudicatory Proceedings allow any party to move for summary decision. 310 CMR
1.01(11)(f). The moving party must show, through the use of affidavits or other evidence, that there is no genuine issue
of material fact. Once a motion for summary decision is properly made and supported, a party opposing the motion may
not merely rest upon allegations made in its pleadings, but must come forward with competent evidence showing that a
material factual dispute exists. If the pleadings, together with [*10] any affidavits filed, show that no genuine issue of
material fact exists, and the moving party is entitled to a decision in its favor as a matter of law, summary decision must
be granted. 310 CMR 1.01(11)(f).
B. The Undisputed Facts
In addition to the procedural facts described above, which are not in dispute, Kenwood alleges the following facts
in affidavits and exhibits supporting its motion for summary decision. At the hearing during which the Conservation
Commission voted to issue the first Determination, Stephen Chapman, a Conservation Commissioner and civil engi-
neer, confirmed that the plan offered by Colonial Village Development (and subsequently referenced in the first Deter-
mination) accurately reflected the wetlands boundary agreed to by the Commission and Colonial Village Development
at an earlier site visit and public hearing. Kenwood states it relied upon the first Determination to determine an appro-
priate purchase price when it purchased the property from Colonial Village Development. The purchase price was based
upon the amount of developable land on the property. The alteration of the wetland boundary in the second "corrected"
Determination [*11] reduced the amount of property available for development by 4,000 square feet. Kenwood would
not have purchased the property for the price it did had the wetland been delineated in accordance with the second,
The Conservation Commission's evidence in no way contradicts Kenwood's assertions. However, it establishes
these additional facts. Several site visits were held in an attempt to establish the wetlands boundary on the property
before the first Determination was issued. During one visit, the Conservation Commission indicated it wanted flags in
the now-disputed area moved upland. At a February 1, 1995 Conservation Commission meeting, Colonial Village De-
velopment's consultants stated that they would accept the Commission's version of the wetlands boundary line in the
now-disputed area, and they filed a revised plan. n7 Subsequent discussions during site visits and additional public
hearings did not include debate on the location of the wetland line in the now-disputed area. On March 1, 1995, the
Commission agreed to issue a positive determination of applicability for the property at 51 Mill Street. In response to a
question by the Commission at that meeting, [*12] Kenneth DiRaffael, Kenwood's president, n8 stated that the plan
reflected the revised line "along the river." The area along the river includes the disputed area. The Commission voted
that night to accept the wetland line as reflected in the January 24, 1995 plan, as revised on February 1st, 15th and 27th,
1995 (the "Final Plan"). On March 6, 1995, the Conservation Commission issued the positive Determination that refe-
renced the Final Plan. The Final Plan did not, in fact, reflect the Conservation Commission's version of the line in the
n7 A transcript of the February 1, 1995 hearing, filed by the Conservation Commission, reveals that Coloni-
al Village Development's statements were unclear on the question of whether the revised plan presented at that
meeting reflected the new placement of the line.
At one point, Bill DuFrane, Colonial Village Development's consultant, and Don Nadeau, Reading's Con-
servation Administrator had this exchange:
Nadeau: Which flags don't appear on the plan?
DuFrane: Orange flags in this area between 20, 21, 22, orange and white flags.
These flags are in the disputed area. Later that evening, DuFrane had this exchange with James Biller, chair
of the Conservation Commission:
Biller: So I can be absolutely certain, the line that has the triangle indicates is based on last Sunday's second
site visit? Is that what I understood?
DuFrane: Line with the triangles on the plan before you--
Biller: Except for 15E.
DuFrane: Reflects changes made as a result of your first site walk.
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Biller: First site walk.
DuFrane: Subsequent to that you had the second site walk. Those changes are reflected on this plan. Also
the plan is stamped. Another comment you had.
n8 Although Kenwood had not yet bought the property, Mr. DiRaffael was present at both the February 1,
1995 and March 1, 1995 public hearings held by the Conservation Commission.
C. Applicable Law
The heart of this dispute is whether the Conservation Commission can change the decision it made in the first De-
termination. The Conservation Commission argues that it should be allowed to change this decision, particularly where,
as it implies is the case here, that decision was based on a wrongdoing by the applicant.
Whether an administrative body can change its decision depends largely on the type of change sought to be made
and the enabling statute. If an administrative body seeks to correct an inadvertent or clerical error in its decision, and the
amendment would not alter the result, grant different relief, or prejudice those relying on the original decision, the deci-
sion may be amended within a reasonable time without complying with public notice requirements. Tenneco Oil Com-
pany v. City Council of Springfield, 406 Mass. 658, 549 N.E.2d 1135 (1990); [*14] Dion v. Board of Appeals of Wal-
tham, 344 Mass. 547, 183 N.E.2d 479 (1962). Substantive changes may be made if a statute does not bar modifications,
but only after proper public notice is given. See Potter v. Board of Appeals of Mansfield, 1 Mass. App. Ct. 89, 294
N.E.2d 587, 591 (1973) [decision of zoning board of appeals can stand neither as an amendment, because it changes the
result, nor as a new decision, because board failed to comply with notice and hearing requirements of the statute]. Not
surprisingly, if the enabling statute expressly gives an administrative body the right to revoke, amend or revise its deci-
sion, the decision may be changed without limitation. Fortier v. Department of Public Utilities, 342 Mass. 728, 175
N.E.2d 495 (1961). Conversely, where a statute expressly or by design bars a change, an administrative body is bound
by its decision. New England Power Company v. Board of Selectmen of Amesbury, 389 Mass. 69, 449 N.E.2d 648
(1983); Cassani v. Planning Board of Hull, 1 Mass. App. Ct. 451, 300 N.E.2d 746 (1973); [*15] see Board of Appeals
of Westwood v. Lambergs, 42 Mass. App. Ct. 411, 677 N.E.2d 270 (1997) [where zoning statute provides for construc-
tive variance if no decision is rendered, zoning board cannot amend decision to include a denial on the variance sought
after the statutory time period has run].
Where a permit has been granted in violation of a statute, it confers no rights on the holder of the permit, as no ac-
tion by a governmental employee can supply authority wanting in a statute or regulation. Ferrante v. Board of Appeals
of Northampton, 345 Mass. 158, 186 N.E.2d 471 (1962). In such a circumstance, the government cannot be estopped by
the holder of a license or permit from carrying out its statutory responsibilities, even if such action is to the detriment of
the permittee. Cellarmaster Wines of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, 27 Mass. App.
Ct. 25, 534 N.E.2d 21 (1989).
Here, the Conservation Commission sought to change the decision it made in the first Determination by issuing the
"corrected" Determination. There [*16] is no suggestion here that the first Determination was wrongfully issued in
violation of the Wetlands Protection Act or its regulations. Rather, the implication is that the Determination was law-
fully issued but based on misinformation. Consistent with Massachusetts caselaw, the Conservation Commission
could--absent a statutory or regulatory n9 restriction--change its decision, subject to certain limitations. Thus, it is ne-
cessary to examine the statute and regulations for guidance regarding the ability of the issuing authority to modify its
decision, and the circumstances, if any, under which it would be allowed to do so.
n9 A regulation has the force and effect of law. Royce v. Commissioner of Correction, 390 Mass. 425, 427,
456 N.E.2d 1127, 1128 (1983).
The Wetlands Protection Act is silent regarding both the ability of the Conservation Commission (or the Depart-
ment) to change a decision once it is issued and the term for which a determination of applicability is binding. [*17]
Like the Act, the Wetlands Regulations do not address the ability of the issuing authority to modify its decisions. The
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Wetlands Regulations provide only that a determination of applicability is valid for three years from the date it is is-
sued. 310 CMR 10.05(3)(b)(1). n10
n10 Only one exception to this time period, not relevant here, is specified. Boundary determinations made
pursuant to plans required for management of rights of way, see 333 CMR 11.00, are valid for the duration of the
Vegetation Management Plan. 310 CMR 10.05(3)(b)1.
The Department has issued a policy regarding amending orders of conditions. n11 The Wetlands Regulations state
that orders of conditions, like determinations of applicability, are valid for three years from the date of issuance. 310
CMR 10.05(6)(d). Policy 85-4 authorizes the correction of simple typographical errors through re-issuance of the order,
and minor amendments to [*18] orders, without requiring re-filing of the application, where the change would result
in the same or decreased impact on the wetlands resource areas. The policy is intended to ease the procedural burden on
applicants seeking to modify their plans in response to unforeseen site conditions. Other than providing for the correc-
tion of minor, typographical errors, the policy does not address the situation where an issuing authority seeks to amend
substantively the order of conditions.
n11 Wetlands Protection Program Policy #85-4, "Amended Orders: Amending an Order of Conditions,"
issued September 17, 1985, revised March 1, 1995.
No Department policy provides any guidance on amending determinations of applicability. Unlike orders of condi-
tions (and their Department-issued counterparts, superseding orders of conditions), determinations of applicability are
not permits. The Wetlands Protection Act provides for determinations of applicability as a quick and simple means of
establishing whether a particular area or project is [*19] subject to the Act and whether it need be subjected to further
procedural requirements. A determination of applicability is only a jurisdictional decision and grants no permission to
conduct any particular activity. Thus, it would not be illogical to assume that determinations could be amended, at least
in the manner described in Policy 85-4, if not more freely.
Nevertheless, the Department has, in the past, interpreted its regulation granting a three-year lifespan to determina-
tions of applicability as prohibiting any change in the determination within that time period. In Matter of Pyramid Mall
of Holyoke, Docket #93-052, Final Decision (November 8, 1993), aff'd sub nom. The Sisters of Divine Providence v.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, C.A. Nos. 93-871, 93-1731 (consolidated) (Hampden Sup. Ct.
1994), the petitioners-abutters sought unsuccessfully to attack a previously unappealed determination of applicability
through their appeal of a subsequent superseding order of conditions. The Department held that 310 CMR 10.05(3)(b)1
prohibits collateral challenge of a determination of applicability during its three-year lifespan [*20] by a third party.
The Department has subsequently made no distinction between a third party seeking to change a determination of
applicability and the issuing authority attempting to do the same. In Matter of Wannie, Docket #94-059, Ruling Re-
garding Issues to be Adjudicated, 2 DEPR 85 (April 10, 1995), the Department issued a superseding order of conditions
which re-visited the identification of a resource area made in a prior, unappealed determination of applicability. Admin-
istrative Law Judge Bonney Cashin held that the unappealed determination of applicability was valid and binding on all
parties--including the Department--for three years. The Department was thus required to consider the resource area as it
had been identified in the determination of applicability and not as the Department had identified it in the superseding
order of conditions. Similarly, in Matter of T & M Realty Corp., Docket #96-088, Final Decision, 4 DEPR 49 (March
27, 1997), a Conservation Commission was thwarted in its attempt to change a wetlands boundary in an order of condi-
tions that it had established in a determination of applicability. Administrative Law Judge James P. Rooney concluded
that [*21] the Conservation Commission was bound by its prior determination, since "a determination remains valid
for three years and is binding on a Conservation Commission presented with a notice of intent for the site within that
The reasons for the Department's interpretation of its regulation in this manner are sound. By freezing a wetlands
boundary delineation for three years, the regulation provides needed certainty. The three-year period affords an oppor-
tunity to plan projects based on a decision from the issuing authority regarding the location and extent of wetlands re-
source areas. At the same time, by setting an expiration date three years after issuance, the Department recognizes that
wetland boundaries can change over time. The regulation thus accommodates both the need for predictability and the
environment's propensity for change.
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The Department has thus decided, through its interpretation of its regulation, to limit its ability (and the ability of
Conservation Commissions) to revisit determinations of applicability. However, there is nothing in the language of 310
CMR 10.05(3)(b)1, the Department's subsequent interpretation of its regulation, [*22] or in Policy 85-4 that indicates
that this limitation applies in every circumstance and that no exceptions are to be made.
In this case, the Conservation Commission's papers have given me the impression that the Conservation Commis-
sion believes that Colonial Village, Kenwood, or their consultants misrepresented the extent of the plan revisions. I
therefore asked the parties to give me their views on possible exceptions to the three year rule, paying particular atten-
tion to circumstances involving mistake or fraud.
The Department's supplemental brief maintains that because the regulation specifies no exceptions, no exceptions
exist under any circumstances. Kenwood's position is the same as the Department's. The Conservation Commission ar-
gues that exceptions should be made to allow for correction of errors and for fraud. The Commission urges that an ap-
plicant should not be permitted to benefit from a knowing misrepresentation of facts.
The Department and Kenwood would have me interpret the regulation as a blanket prohibition of any modification
to any determination of applicability under any circumstance. This position goes too far. Such a sweeping prohibition is
not clearly indicated [*23] by the regulation and is at odds with settled principles of law and public policy. It is pa-
tently obvious that where an individual has procured an action from a conservation commission or the Department
through a fraudulent representation, that misrepresentation provides a basis for a modification of the agency's action.
See Benmosche v. Board of Registration in Medicine, 412 Mass. 82, 588 N.E.2d 621 (1992) [Board's decision to revoke
a physician's registration to practice medicine upheld where supported by substantial evidence showing that physician
misrepresented her qualifications]; Green v. Board of Appeal of Norwood, 358 Mass. 253, 263 N.E.2d 423, 429 (1970)
[although material misrepresentation of fact in permit application would provide basis for revocation of zoning permit,
evidence did not support finding that a misrepresentation existed]. Further, where the facts establish not fraud but the
related claim of mutual mistake of fact, n12 an issuing authority would be justified in modifying its decision in certain
appropriate cases, for example, where both the requestor and the issuing [*24] authority believed they were referenc-
ing the latest plan, but, in fact, had referenced an earlier draft.
n12 Allegations of fraud and mutual mistake of fact often go hand-in-hand. See, e.g., Cook v. Kelley, 352
Mass. 628, 352 N.E.2d 330 (1967); Covich v. Chambers, 8 Mass. App. Ct. 740, 397 N.E.2d 1115 (1979).
The Department has not specifically adopted a prohibition against all modifications in all circumstances--including
those where fraud or mutual mistake are present. Nor has it endorsed such an interpretation in any policy. I decline,
therefore, to supply here what the Department has not chosen to promulgate.
I decide here only that 310 CMR 10.05(3)(b)1 cannot be read to prohibit all modifications to a determination of ap-
plicability during its three-year term, and I conclude that exceptions for fraud and mutual mistake must be recognized
in appropriate circumstances.
The Conservation [*25] Commission has not previously had notice of the nature of these exceptions. I will, there-
fore, allow the Conservation Commission to present evidence now that a genuine issue of material fact exists that this
case is one of fraud or mutual mistake. The Conservation Commission's evidence must state with particularity the cir-
cumstances constituting the fraud or mutual mistake. n13 I note that on the facts presented to date, such a genuine issue
does not exist. Accordingly, the Conservation Commission is ORDERED to file, within 30 days of this ruling, a sup-
plemental response to Kenwood's motion for summary decision. The response shall be filed with the Docket Clerk and
served on all parties. If no such statement is filed and served, summary decision will be granted for Kenwood.
n13 Cf. Mass.R.Civ.P. 9(b); Fed.R.Civ.P. 9(b).