Category Archives: Current Issues, Newsletters

Southampton Press Editorial on ARB Board and 40 Meadow Lane

SOUTHAMPTON PRESS Editorial August 21, 2014
A Litmus Test

So far, the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review has adeptly handled the controversial 40 Meadow Lane application, agreeing to reopen, on a limited basis, a public hearing on the proposal after opponents say they were misled by elements of the original application. That wasn’t a guarantee, and the board wisely decided that a little more conversation was a good idea, before allowing a clearly modern

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Analysis Prepared for Southampton Association: Regulations on House Size and Mass in Southampton Village

Given the concern we have regarding density, McMansions on small lots and over-development, the Association recently commissioned a study of zoning codes on the East End (see below).  In the report, Lisa Liquori (a former Planning Consultant to the Town of East Hampton) clearly lays out how Southampton Village’s zoning code is significantly more generous in each of the 5 main zoning categories than our neighboring towns and Villages. 

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Village Meeting Minutes – May and June, 2014

At the  May and June trustee meetings, a number of new issues were presented and discussed. In May, an initial design for adding entrance steps at the Southampton Arts Center were presented by Siamak Samii.  The steps would be located to the west of the existing building entrance on Jobs Lane, thereby opening up the lawn to the street on the west side of the Center. The board appeared to support the concept but no decision was made. A plan to establish a valet parking service was briefly outlined

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Village Meeting Minutes – March and April, 2014

At the March and April Trustees meetings, the main issue continued to be the application to develop a 56 unit senior housing complex on Moses Lane, near Corrigan Street.  The 11 acre property is currently zoned for ½ acre residential parcels.  The developer applied under a code provision that allows for a zoning change where the property lies within a “walkable” distance of the village center (defined as ½

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Village Meeting Minutes – January and February 2014

At the January and February Trustees meetings, the main issue was the application to develop a 56 unit senior housing complex on Moses Lane, near Corrigan Street.  The 11 acre property is currently zoned for ½ acre residential parcels.  As a result, the developer is applying under a code provision that allows for a zoning change where the property lies within a “walkable” distance of the village center (defined as ½ mile from the village business district.)  Each unit would be

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Village Meeting Minutes – November and December, 2013

At the November and December Trustees meetings, the main topics of conversation were discussions regarding the redevelopment of the Village Latch, the establishment of a dog park at Lola Prentice Park and the possible rezoning of North Sea Road to permit additional retail uses.  In addition, the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Corp. reiterated their need for a renovated or new facility and the Southampton Association offered to work with the Village to update parking requirements in the

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Village Meeting Minutes – September – October 2013

At the September and October Trustees meetings, the main topics of conversation were discussions regarding zoning and development related issues in and around our Village.

 The board of Trustees began reviewing a proposal to change the zoning on the Village Latch property on Hill Street from R-20 (1/2 acre residential) to Motel Business District.  The Village Latch (which is in the historic district) has been operating as a pre-existing, non-conforming inn for many years. 

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School District Merger Rejected by Southampton Voters

 Thanks to the interest and support of many, the straw poll that occurred October 29th regarding the proposed merger of the Southampton and Tuckahoe School Districts was rejected by the Southampton voters.

 In the Southampton School District, 1075 voted against the merger and 693 voted for the merger. 

 The lack of clarity of terms, scant details on savings and no safeguards over future cost increases meant that approving the straw poll would have irreversibly moved the merger forward, regardless

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Village Meeting Minutes – July and August 2013

At the July and August Trustees meetings, the main topics of conversation were discussions regarding the Summer Surf Camp, a presentation on the building of a sewer district within the Village as outlined in a Suffolk County study, and concerns about parking and congestion in the Village center.

The Flying Point Surf Camp was granted a permit to operate this summer, and specific rules were established for approval in the future.  The Village Board has decided to amend its code to permit the camp

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Proposed Southampton – Tuckahoe School District Merger

On Tuesday evening October 1st, the Southampton School Board authorized a public referendum regarding the merger between the Southampton and Tuckahoe School Districts. Each district will votes separately on Tuesday, October 29.

For your information, the Southampton School Board has indicated that the merger would result in a tax increase of 8.7% for Southampton District residents. Using the numbers provided by the district, if only half of the cost savings are achieved, your Southampton School

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