Over thirty years ago The United States Court of Appeals upheld municipal efforts to control growth in the case Golden v. Ramapo. Since then, municipalities have come up with novel tools to harness development into sustainable patterns while mitigating damaging effects of sprawl. This article focuses on the renaissance of one popular land use device, performance zoning, and how the Town of Hyde Park uses this tool to promote growth in community centers and protect undeveloped areas.
John R. Nolon, Performance Zoning: Shaping Land Development Patterns Today, N.Y. L.J., Oct. 16, 2002, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/700/.