Design Review Board Eyes Maidstone Golf Club Upgrade In East Hampton

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The Maidstone Golf Club is still waiting for site plan approval from the East Hampton Village Design Review Board to upgrade its irrigation system, a project that has been in the works since 2012 and has caused some backlash from neighbors concerned about noise and aesthetics.

In July, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved Maidstone’s application to install new pipes for the system, as well as to clear 1.58 acres of woods, create a 0.42-acre irrigation pond and build an 850-square-foot pump house. Site plan approval is needed before a building permit can be issued for the pump house and pond.

Now, Maidstone must submit a stormwater management plan to Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement Officer Ken Collum for approval before the Design Review Board can act, according to Village Attorney Linda Riley. “After that recommendation is made, the board can make a decision,” she said during the board’s meeting on Wednesday, August 6.

There seemed to be no opposition from board members after a brief presentation by the applicant’s attorney, David Eagan, detailing how the logistics of the project will not impact neighbors.

“With respect to sound … SoundSense’s conclusions of any sound generated by the proposed pump house won’t be audible by adjoining roads or property lines,” he said of a study by a sound engineer hired by the village.

Mr. Eagan also noted that the ZBA’s approval of the application was contingent upon Maidstone providing a “sound guarantee,” meaning a sound analysis must be conducted after the pump house is finished to ensure no noise is audible.

The pump house will be partially buried to help mitigate noise, said Mr. Eagan; however, a full burial, as previously requested by some neighbors and ZBA board members, is not possible. “We ran into some engineering issues,” said Mr. Eagan, explaining that putting the entire house underground could be problematic in terms of access and drainage if the pump house were to ever overflow.

As for aesthetics, Mr. Eagan said that neighbors will not be able to see the pump house because of where it will be placed on the course.

“A few rows of shake shingles will be the extent that someone would maybe see it from a second-story window looking down,” he said. “And it would look like something you’d expect to see in East Hampton Village. I think it’s clear we meet the site plan standards.”

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