The state legislature’s decision to leave the creation of affordable housing to New York’s local governments has resulted in a segmented, slowly evolving, and insufficient resolution to a statewide problem. For example, the Orange County Supreme Court, in Land Master v. Montgomery, struck down a zoning law that eliminated all as-of-right multifamily development, in a municipality where affordable housing was in urgent need. This article reviews comprehensive initiatives from other states, and suggests that through the adoption of a state legislation and planning, the affordable housing problem is rectifiable
John R. Nolon & Jessica A. Bacher, Court Prods Municipality: Other States Offer Large Number of Models to Consider, N.Y. L.J., Oct. 18, 2006, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/675/.