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Matter of Douglaston Civic Assn. v. Galvin – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Matter of Douglaston Civic Assn. v. Galvin (36 NY2d 1 [1974]) the Court recognized that individual property owners are often, if not always, at a prohibitive financial disadvantage when faced with the overwhelming resources which a developer can bring to bear in its efforts to effect changes in land use restrictions, which changes might well have a devastating consequence for such individual property owners.

"By granting neighborhood and civic associations standing in such situations, the expense can be spread out over a number of property owners, putting them on an economic parity with the developer." (36 NY2d, at 6-7.)