Every day, Long Islanders endure the impacts of bad developmental policy as they drive on their local roads, pay their bills, and drink their tap water. Long Island needs to foster new avenues of economic growth, and community advocates need to understand that property owners have a right to build as allowed under zoning codes. But without a new way of thinking, we'll get nowhere.
LI will need to spark development in order to grow the tax base to support the increasing cost of government without breaking the bank of the average homeowner, an expert says. The challenges are the decaying transportation infrastructure, the shortage of sewers in Suffolk, and the lack of undeveloped areas in Nassau in particular.