The East Hampton Town Board will hold a pair of public hearings next week on two related, proposed laws aimed at regulating the parking of commercial vehicles on residential properties.
The hearings will take place on Thursday, October 17, during a regularly scheduled board meeting set to start at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Pantigo Road.
One proposed law seeks to change the Town Code to prohibit the parking of more than two commercially registered vehicles, each weighing 14,000 pounds or less, on residential lots.
The other draft law, intended to try to maintain the character of the town’s residential areas, would prohibit the overnight (midnight to 6 a.m.) parking of commercial vehicles on streets in residentially zoned parts of town. According to the proposal, the board has determined that the parking of commercial vehicles on residential streets “disrupts property owners’ quiet enjoyment of their property, creates an undesirable change in the residential character of the neighborhood and causes traffic hazards, particularly at night, with limited visibility.”
Board members set the hearings following a summer of discussion on the matter, which was sparked by complaints about trucks being parked at homes in Springs.
The board had originally set a hearing geared toward limiting such parking for August, but it had to be yanked once an error in wording came to light. Around the same time, Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson told the board that a resident brought to his attention that the town did not limit the parking of such vehicles on streets, thereby necessitating the other draft law.
David Buda, one of the organizers of the group Springs Concerned Citizens, said he agrees with the street-parking law, but strongly opposes the one regulating the number and size of the vehicles.
“I wholeheartedly endorse the closing of a long-standing loophole to prevent commercial vehicles from parking in the street anywhere in residential zones throughout the town,” he said.
“The second one, I strenuously object to,” he continued, calling the vehicle number and weight restrictions “excessive, burdensome and quite inappropriate in a residential zone.”