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Village Meeting Minutes – July and August 2015

After 2 months of review, analysis and debate, the Trustees unanimously approved 2 new zoning laws on July 21st.  The first reduced the height of houses to no more than 30 feet on lots of less than 1/2 acre, and no more than 33 feet on lots from ½ to less than 1 acre in size.  The second new zoning law clarified the definition of a parking space and adopted the Suffolk County definition of a bedroom.  This will ensure that residential parking will not be forced onto the streets,

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Southampton Village Trustees Approve Changes to Zoning Code

Thursday, August 13 the Southampton Village Trustees approved changes to the zoning code which will limit the height and placement of houses in the FEMA flood zone. This is another zoning win for our Village. Southampton Association board member Bruce Bockmann identified the problem more than 18 months ago and has led the fight to change the procedures in our village.

Previously, Southampton Village had simply added the full FEMA required elevation which could be as much as 17 feet (plus 2 feet

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Village Meeting Minutes – May and June 2015 and Association’s 6 point Zoning Plan

At the May 14th meeting of the village trustees, Jay Diesing presented the Southampton Association’s six point plan for zoning reform. The basics of the proposal are as follows (Full description attached):

  1. Reduce the height of houses in the smaller zones
  2. Reduce Maximum Lot Coverage
  3. Reduce Gross Floor Area of the Primary Structure
  4. Adjust pyramid regulation to start at natural grade
  5. Clarify and standardize parking requirements
  6. Require a Certificate of Completion attesting to compliance

Many Village residents are concerned about the impact these oversized houses are having on our community – which include changing the ambiance of our neighborhoods, forcing out local residents, and creating unsafe street parking, among other issues. By the June 11th meeting, specific

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Important Village Meetings in August – see dates

A special public hearing with the Planning Commission will be held on August 12th to discuss the plans for a sewer district.  This project will have significant environmental and tax implications for our village, so please try and attend. The critical upcoming Village meetings currently scheduled are: August 10 – 7:00pm ARB – A project in the Herrick Road Historic District (major addition and exterior changes to existing historic house) and tear downs on Old Town Crossing, Wooley Street and Corrigan Street will be discussed. August 12 – 5:00pm Special Public Hearing – Plans for a sewer district in the Village business center (and possibly neighboring areas) will be reviewed.  Tax levies will be discussed. August 13 – 6:00pm Village Trustees – Discussion of FEMA code changes and village-wide review of GFA, lot coverage and parking issues. Please make every effort to attend these meetings.  It is important that members of the public and the association provide feedback and view the process.  If you need more information on a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us. _>> Please click here to read more

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Memorandum on the current zoning review in the village-August 2015

Southampton Association Discussion

Overbuilding on Small and Medium Sized Lots

What Can You Do?

BACKGROUND

At the Meeting of the Directors and Members of the Southampton Association on Friday, July 24

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Southampton Association Accomplishments 2014-2015

Created a “6 Point Plan” to scale back oversized houses which are destroying our neighborhoods.

Initiated Moratorium and code changes which will limit the height of houses in the FEMA flood zone.

 – Initiated analysis of Building Department procedures to ensure our code is being enforced.

 – Provided independent review of parking regulations and gave recommendations to reduce on-street parking.

 – Actively organized opposition

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Village Meeting Minutes – March and April 2015

At the March 12th meeting of the village trustees, the Southampton Association sponsored a presentation by planner Lisa Liquori regarding parking regulations in residential areas. The building of larger homes is driving up the need for increased residential parking. Many homes on ½ acre and smaller lots now contain 6 to 8 bedrooms, requiring 5 to 7 parking spaces according to our code. As the properties are often developed with detached garages, pools and pool houses, on-site

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Village Meeting Minutes – January and February 2015

As noted in our last set of minutes, January saw 2 additional projects (450 Gin and 20 Gin) exempted from the height moratorium by the village trustees. The moratorium restricted for 6 months the granting of building permits where the height of the house is greater than 35 feet above the original grade in the FEMA Flood zone. It is set to expire in April.   An extension (for what reason we are uncertain, since every application received an exemption) is being considered. Most other East End

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Village Meeting Minutes – November and December 2014

After working strenuously (and with the assistance of many members of the Association) over the past 5 months to have a building moratorium approved, we were disappointed that 4 projects were granted waivers from the new law by mid-January.  The moratorium restricted for just 6 months the granting of building permits where the height of the house is greater than 35 feet above the original grade in the FEMA Flood zone. Three of the four waivers were opposed by neighbors, and hardship (other than

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Information on registering to vote in Southampton local elections where your vote is needed.

How and Where to Register to Vote

• You can register in person at Suffolk County Board of Elections
or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.
• You can call Suffolk County  at 631-852-4554 to request a voter application.
• You can download a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form.
• Download English Form ( 280KB)

Alternately, you can complete a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form on-line by clicking on the link below,

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