Z&S Attorneys David Steinmetz and Lee Lefkowitz Pen Article Discussing Legislative Discretion on Rezonings, and Impact on the Housing Crisis


Motivated by the current housing crisis, and in an effort to devise ways to solve it, Zarin & Steinmetz attorneys David Steinmetz and Lee Lefkowitz offer a unique public policy analysis, which will be published in the upcoming November/December issue of the New York State Bar Association Journal. David and Lee push for a new legal avenue to make rezoning efforts less onerous, which would ease the pathway for developers to build more – and affordable – housing in New York State. They suggest that legislative boards tasked with reviewing a rezoning petition should be held to the same judicial review as other land use determinations. Decisions on whether to rezone a property, they say, should be guided by empirical data and facts; and “arbitrary and capricious” decisions that deny a rezoning petition should be subject to judicial scrutiny. Read their piece here or download a copy here.

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