BHPAR Approves Driveway Gate Over Neighbor’s Objection

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The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review last Thursday approved Todd J. Waterbury’s plans for a house renovation and new driveway gate for 23 Wooded Path over the objection of a neighbor who opposed the gate during a public hearing.

John Chisholm, who lives next door, said he spoke for another neighbor as well when he said, “I just don’t want to see it.”

The houses are flag lots on a cul-de-sac, each with its own 14-foot-wide entry off of one common driveway. Anthony Brandt, the board chairman, said the gate was in line with building codes.

“If the gates are on his property, I don’t see how we can deny them,” Mr. Brandt told Mr. Chisholm. “This has to be worked out between you and him. We can’t solve that for you.”

Board alternate Judith Long suggested to David Sherwood, Mr. Waterbury’s representative, that the color of the new gate could be altered as a compromise.

“Instead of making it bright white, maybe it could be a solid color that blends into the woods, something that’s less in-your-face,” she said.

The board voted 5-0 to approve Mr. Waterbury’s plans, which also included a 403-square-foot addition, a new 200-square-foot pool house and renovations to the garage.

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