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When does an immediately adjacent neighbor have standing to challenge a SEQRA determination? In Matter of Sun-Brite Car Wash, Inc. v. Board of Zoning and Appeals, 69 N.Y.2d 406, the Court of Appeals made it clear that adjacent neighbors have presumptive standing to challenge zoning determinations. However, in Hohman v. Town of Poestenkill, 2020 WL 20407, a case decided in January, the Third Department, following its own precedent, has held that no similar presumption arises with respect to SEQRA determinations, at least when the SEQRA determination does not arise in the context of zoning. The Third Department’s holding stands in contrast to Second Department cases applying the Sun-Brite rule to SEQRA determinations even outside the zoning context.
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By Danielle C. Lesser
Malls across America, long suffering even before the rise of COVID-19, are now forced to confront a wave of store closures. Troubled retailers will, without doubt, seek to close their failing mall locations. To stem these efforts, landlords have applied to courts for injunctive relief to force stores to remain open and operating, despite lagging sales, through the enforcement of the “continuous operations provision” found in mall leases.
Insufficient Hostility to Establish Title By Adverse Possession or Prescriptive Easement
Adverse Possession Claim Against Governmental Land Upheld When Land Not Held for Governmental Purposes
No Preliminary Injunction in Action to Declare Sale Contract Void
Despite Proximity, Neighbor Lacked Standing to Challenge Alleged Zoning Violation
Neighbors Entitled to Remedy Against Landowner’s SLAPP Suit
Area Variance Denial Overturned
Condemnation Upheld Despite Benefit to Private Party