§ 57-0125. Addition of towns.
1. The legislature finds that in order to facilitate regional planning
for Long Island, local governments within the reserve but located outside
of the Central Pine Barrens area may similarly benefit from the planning
effort undertaken by the commission. Therefore, after the completion, ratification,
and adoption of the comprehensive land use plan and upon application to
the commission, the towns of East Hampton, Shelter Island, and Southold
may elect, by duly adopted resolution of its town board, to join the commission
or establish a similar planning effort for those areas outside the Central
Pine Barrens area and within the reserve that warrant and would benefit
from such regional efforts consistent with the goals and objectives of
2. All benefits and obligations which accrue to municipalities which
participate with the commission shall be afforded to the municipalities
of the South and North Fork which elect to voluntarily participate in this
process, subject to the obligations of this article. Such benefits may
include funding for the development and implementation of regional plans.
The provisions of this article with respect to the interim provisions shall
not apply. To the extent feasible, towns electing to develop and implement
such regional plans consistent with this article, shall utilize the commission
and its supportive structure.
3. Upon completion, ratification, and adoption of the comprehensive
land use plan, and an expressed interest on the part of the towns of East
Hampton, Shelter Island, or Southold, the commission shall establish criteria
for participating in this process. Such criteria may not include the imposition
of a moratorium or restriction of development as a requirement for participation.