Judge’s ruling could have ramifications for coastal development in Mass.

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A rendering of Don Chiofaro's proposed tower on the Boston waterfront. Tomorrow AB/KBF

In a ruling whose effects could ripple from Gloucester to New Bedford, a Suffolk County judge has dealt a major blow to a long-planned and much-debated skyscraper on the edge of Boston Harbor, the Globe’s Tim Logan reports.

Superior Court Judge Brian Davis on Thursday threw out Boston zoning rules that would have allowed the 600-foot tower developer Don Chiofaro has proposed for the site of the Boston Harbor Garage. And he did it in a way that calls into question the validity of similar waterfront plans up and down the state’s coast.

In a 29-page ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation and residents of the Harbor Towers condominium complex, Davis found that Baker administration officials overstepped their authority in 2018 when they approved Boston’s so-called downtown municipal harbor plan, a document that set rules for new development on 42 acres along the downtown waterfront.

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