Plans to construct three single-family houses on 15 acres in Noyac, while setting aside three separate parcels of preserved open space, created some confusion during last week’s Southampton Town Planning Board meeting.
Two neighbors raised concerns about plans to develop the lot on the northwest corner of Little Noyac Path and Middle Lane Highway. The application seeks to construct three houses on 2-acre lots, while dedicating the remaining 9 acres—accounting for 66 percent of the total property—as open space, according to Wayne Bruyn, the attorney representing the developer, Middle Line Highway LLC. Two of the proposed homes will face Middle Line Highway, and the third will stand on a flag lot located directly south of the first home. The land is undeveloped at this point.
Mr. Bruyn explained that since the application was last discussed before the Planning Board in 2011, a common driveway was moved to the northern border of the property—as per the suggestion of board members. He added that other minor tweaks have been made regarding which parts of the lot will be preserved as open space.
Neighbors who attended the pre-application public hearing last Thursday, August 28, said they were unclear about where the houses will be situated and inquired about the town’s setback restrictions. Alex Waxman, who owns an adjacent parcel to the east of the property in question, said he was concerned about homes being built in his backyard, while David Peretts, who owns a lot adjacent to the proposed flag lot, asked about the buffer zone as well.
Mr. Bruyn responded that there would be at least a 25-foot buffer between the properties.
The board closed the hearing and opened a 30-day written comment period that expires on Friday, October 3.
An application to build two warehouses on eight acres at 1448 Speonk-Riverhead Road was deemed complete by the Southampton Town Planning Board at their work session last Thursday, August 28.
The application calls for two 7,000-square-foot buildings that will be owned and operated by Speonk Properties LLC. The structures will be utilized as warehouse facilities and they could also house some sort of contracting business due to the industrial zoning of the land. It is not clear what type of contracting business will be moving in.
The original application, which came before the board in 2010, called for three buildings—two 8,000-square-foot structures and one 4,000-square-foot building. Wayne Bruyn, the attorney representing Speonk Properties LLC, noted that the board’s suggestions for smaller buildings and slightly different locations for the structures were taken into consideration when the owner was reconsidering the site plan. The site is currently undeveloped.
The Planning Board deemed the site plan complete last week and waived a public hearing, meaning the plan will be up for conditional approval later this month.
Looks To Expand
Representatives of Bridge Gardens, a property owned and operated by the Peconic Land Trust and on which flowers and various plants are now grown, are petitioning the town to convert an existing 2,376-square-foot residence on the land into an office or meeting room for educational purposes. The land is actually two properties, 36 and 66 Mitchells Lane in Bridgehampton.
The properties are in a residential zone, so the Peconic Land Trust is asking the Southampton Town Planning Board to approve a special exception so that it can convert the space for meetings and events. Trust officials are also asking for special permission to install a fence around the garden to keep deer out.
Last Thursday, the board granted an extension so that the architects and those designing the landscape can fix some minor fencing problems that currently exist on the property.
Kim Quarty, project manager of the Peconic Land Trust, explained that the 4-foot-tall stockade fence that now surrounds the garden has a bamboo fence stacked on top of it to keep deer out of the garden. The addition violates the fencing regulations set by the town; last week, the board and Ms. Quarty discussed the possibility of a larger vegetative buffer to deter the deer.
The Peconic Land Trust will come before the board with an update on the fence on Thursday, September 11, when they will seek conditional approval to move forward with the work.
The site plan for The Estates at Remsenburg, a 19-lot residential development that will be located north of South Country Road and west of Nidzyn Avenue, will be heard again on Thursday, September 11, after the Planning Board granted a third extension on the project last week.
Under the current proposal the 23-acre lot will boast more than 5.7 acres of open space. Wayne Bruyn, the attorney representing landowner and developer Lawrence Citarelli, asked the Planning Board for the latest extension so that engineers working on revamping the site plan could have more time to modify it after almost a dozen residents spoke out against the project at a public hearing in early May. The proposal still sets aside 25 percent of the 23 acres as open space, but the exact areas that will be dedicated for preservation will be slightly different due to the addition of a cul-de-sac.
The application’s four flag lots have been the focus of criticism leveled by Eastport Fire District officials, who attended the last public hearing and stated that the road, as previously configured, did not provide enough room for emergency vehicles to enter and turn around. These problems are being fixed, according to Mr. Bruyn.
The application will be heard again next Thursday, September 11.