Partner Lisa Clare Kombrink received a big win from the Second Department in a case involving what, if anything, can be built on preserved farmland. The Court overturned a State Supreme Court decision by Justice Thomas Whelan that had struck down two County laws which established detailed guidelines for activities on farmland preserved under the County’s farmland preservation program. Twomey Latham represented the Suffolk County Legislature and the County Farmland Committee, and fought back the efforts of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society to jeopardize the County program.
In a case closely watched by land preservation experts across the country, the Appellate Court upheld a farmer’s right to build fences, barns, irrigation and other improvements, and to conduct uses related to agricultural production on preserved farmland.
Partner Patrick Fife, Senior Associate Craig H. Handler and Jennifer Nigro, Of Counsel, assisted Lisa with the appeal.