Municipalities battle over the use of adjacent lands as land use border wars erupt all over New York. The results of these battles rarely equate to a satisfying solution for both parties. This column delves into flaws of New York law, including the insufficiencies of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and also documents several cases where municipalities fail to come up with cooperative solutions. However, recent solutions, such as co-lead agencies and joint municipal review boards are beginning to make use of the cooperative authority provided to municipalities by state law, and could be a sign of hope for the future.
John R. Nolon, Smart Growth: Resolving Home Rule Conflicts and Settling Border Wars, N.Y. L.J., Oct. 18, 2000, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/712/.