East Hampton Village Board Approves New Parking, Construction Restrictions

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The East Hampton Village Board has approved new time and date restrictions in the Robert G. Reutershan and Barns Schenck parking lots, and the Chase Bank parking lot off Main Street.

The new restrictions call for two-hour parking in the Reutershan and Schenck lots seven days a week from May 1 through December 31, extending the original restrictions by an extra winter month. The new rule also will implement the two-hour restriction from January 1 through April 30 on Fridays, Saturdays and federal holidays.

Prior to the new law’s enactment, there were no time restrictions in the lots from December 1 through April 30.

The Chase Bank parking lot will continue to have a one-hour restriction from May 1 through December 31, also extending the time frame by one month from November 31. No restrictions will be in place from January 1 through April 31.

The new restrictions will take effect once they are filed with the New York State Department of State, which can take two to three weeks after the village receives an acknowledgment from the department, according to Village Clerk Becky Molinaro.

Construction & Landscaping

The board also approved new limits on construction and landscaping dates and times in an effort to mitigate noise in the height of the industry’s season.

The new restrictions limit “excavation, demolition, construction or exterior repair or alteration work in connection with any building” from June 1 through September 15. The old law called for the restrictions to be in place from May 15 to September 15 and did not specify that “repairs” meant exterior work. There is no restriction on interior repairs.

Commercial construction hours were also curtailed, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., instead of extending to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, instead of extending to 5 p.m. Homeowner construction, as in the old law, is permitted between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The new law also includes a provision restricting “contractors or subcontractors or their employees” from using “amplifiers, speakers, or other machines or devices capable of reproducing amplified sound” outside while doing work.

Restrictions on gas- or diesel-powered lawn care equipment were also modified, shifting the May 1 through November 30 time frame to June 1 through the second Friday in December of each year for both commercial and personal work.

Homeowner hours are now from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., instead of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (previously 5 p.m.) on Saturday; and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (previously 6 p.m.) on Sunday.

Commercial lawn care-related work hours are now from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (previously 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Mondays through Fridays, and between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (previously 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Saturday.

Like the parking changes, the new restrictions will take effect once they are filed with the New York State Department of State.

Zoning Code

The board also held a public hearing to amend the zoning code with respect to the term “garage” as an attempt to prevent homeowners from creating a separate space for a game room, recreational area or additional living space.

As of now, the code states that garages are “used for the storage of motor vehicles” and “… may be used only for a purpose accessory to the permitted use of the lot.” However, the board is looking to add that garages “must be designed or used for the storage of motor vehicles and must be accessible to motor vehicles.”

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