Regional land use control has long been a difficult issue in New York as most localities refuse to acknowledge responsibility for problems extending beyond their own borders. New York law enables municipalities to cooperate among one another to devise improved solutions to land use, and other issues. This article studies the state history of regional land use and provides several successful examples of how grassroots regionalism can change the way municipal governments think about land use and solve problems.
John R. Nolon, Intermunicipal Compacts; Regional Land Use Strategies Work at the Grassroots Level, N.Y. L.J., Feb. 17, 1999, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/721/.