|Second Department courthouse of the Appellate Division|
of the New York State Supreme Court (from NY State Courts
The ARRL Letter reports that the case stretches back to 2013, when Myles Landstein, N2EHG, applied to the Town of LaGrange for a permit to build a 70-foot tower. The town normally allows towers to be no higher than 35 feet. The town tried to make Landstein pay more than $17,000 in consulting fees before considering his application, according to the court, which ruled that the fees were excessive and that a town "may not use its land-use regulatory authority to construct 'hoop after hoop' for the petitioner to jump through in order to erect his antenna tower [and] cannot impose unreasonable expenses so as to create an insurmountable financial barrier to the pursuit of the project."