Southampton Village Changes Regulations For Future Hotels

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The Southampton Village Board on Tuesday unanimously adopted a local law authorizing trustees to approve all potential hotel plans proposed within the village boundaries.

The local law officially changes the future transient hotel or motel use in the village from a special exception use to a special use, meaning that potential hotel/motel owners would need approval from trustees and not the Zoning Board of Appeals. The law, which was unanimously approved after the public hearing, updates a series of amendments adopted by trustees in April designed to revamp the business district.

“I think this is a good thing for us to do,” Mayor Mark Epley said during a public hearing on Tuesday evening. “The hotel opportunities are few and far between in this village, and whoever sits here should have a say in such a potentially large project.”

The public hearing lasted approximately five minutes, and no one from the public addressed the board during the presentation.

Also on Tuesday night, trustees voted in favor of changing the time of the upcoming village election. During the work session, Village Administrator Stephen Funsch explained that because the election is uncontested, it would save the village money to change the start time of the election from 9 a.m. to noon. Polls still will close at 9 p.m., and village residents can cast their vote at the Levitas Center for the Arts.

Village Mayor Mark Epley, Trustee Bill Hattrick and Trustee Nancy McGann are seeking reelection, and no one had filed a petition challenging them by the deadline on Friday.

At the same time, voters will be asked to vote on an amendment to the monthly service award accrual for the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, increasing pay from $20 to $30 for each calendar year.

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