While the authority of municipalities to partake in land use decisions is a well-established concept, a question often arises concerning local legislative authority to adopt environmental laws. This article discusses some of the arguments advocating local environmental authority by highlighting the correlation between land use law and environmental law. Also discussed in this article, is the authority granted to local governments by the state legislature and court decisions to mitigate adverse environmental impacts.
John R. Nolon, In Our Backyards: Analyzing Local Authority to Adopt Environmental Laws, N.Y. L.J., June 20, 2001, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/708/.