Lots unapproved for building must be approved where planning board did not comply with cluster zoning procedure

Decision affirming judgment annulling planning board denial of application to free lots for building


Plaintiff bought two lots in a subdivision at a tax sale. After taking title he saw that the lots were marked "not approved for building lots" on the plat map. Planning Board denied his application to free the lots for building. In a hybrid Article 78 and Declaratory Judgment action, the court granted the petition and annulled the Planning Board denial. On appeal by the Planning Board, the Appellate Division, Second Department held that the lots must be freed for building where the Planning Board had failed to comply with Town Law Section 278 cluster zoning procedures in order to establish lots that were open space in perpetuity.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States

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