Southampton Town Board proposes Hampton Bays moratorium

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Hampton Bays residents fearing their community is being overrun with development will be happy to hear that the full Southampton Town Board has proposed a year-long moratorium.

Town Supervisor Linda Kabot announced today that a public hearing will be held Tuesday, May 13 at Town Hall to discuss the halt in construction, which would allow more time for the completion of an environmental review of the moratorium’s coverage area. The purpose of this study, known as a Generic Environmental Impact Statement, is to analyze the overall impacts of developments in the hamlet. The Hauppauge-based consulting firm Cashin Associates is currently already conducting the GEIS.

According to town officials, the area affected by the proposed moratorium will be confined to the commercial stretch along the Montauk Highway corridor running from Jones Road in the west to Peconic Road in the east. The northern boundary of the moratorium between Jones Road and Bellows Pond Road is marked by either the Long Island Rail Road or Montauk Highway, whichever point is most northerly—with Sunrise Highway the northern marker east of Jones Road. To the south, the swathe of the moratorium would run from Montauk Highway to such town roads as Hubbard, Shore, Suffolk, Fanning, and Argonne.

If the 12-month freeze is enacted, the town would not consider applications for subdivisions, changes in zoning, or site plans during the duration.

Due to previous litigation, the development of a 50,000 square foot “Stop and Shop Supermarket,” to be constructed on the corner of Route 24 and Montauk Highway, will be exempt from any future moratorium, as will an 8-acre 50-unit senior citizen condominium complex known as “Arborview,” on Montauk Highway near Allomara Road.

Ms. Kabot said the moratorium is necessary to better understand the ramifications of environmental and traffic impacts caused from future developments over the next decade. The supervisor added that community members and organizations have been seeking a breather from development in Hampton Bays for many years. “It’s important that we shape our community vision to better control the forces of development through zoning powers and more stringent design standards,” Ms. Kabot said.

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