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In Massachusetts, you cannot convert conservation land to commercial use unless you pay commercial taxes on it for FIVE years first. So, for example, let's say it is 50 acres of land that would be worth $15 million on the open market, but its owner is willing to sell it to you for $1.5 million because it is conservation land. You want to build a house on ...


Ask the town the land is located in, or ask the seller, or both. The short answer is "it depends", but in general assume that there will be severe limitations on what can be done with conservation land.


Simple geometry is going to fix your options here. 20" and 20" - 8" (aka 12") While you could calculate it, you'll probably have an easier time just modeling it physically and measuring.

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