Monday, June 13, 2011

East Hampton Library is Getting Bigger

The East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals was overturned as erroneous, arbitrary and irrational in denying a variance to increase the size of the library. The Supreme Court found that the library was an educational institution entitled to the same deferential treatment in zoning accorded to schools and religious institutions.

The takeaway is that Zoning Boards generally have a hard time restricting a public good. That is why it is always advisable to combine a public good with a zoning application when entering a municipality. Talk in terms that matter to the people who live there. Better schools, more parks, cleaner beaches as a result of the application. Sometimes you just can't do this, but to deny a library's goal of improving was too much for the Court in this matter.

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