Changes to Village Zoning Code Will Be Introduced Next Week

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees at its first work session under Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy (center) on July 24, when she announced the first members of her new Environmental Advisory Committee. Peter Boody photo

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will introduce, once more, two changes it hopes to make to its zoning code during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m.

The changes, which were first discussed at the board’s first Saturday work session, held on October 26, will not be up for public hearing as previously reported during Tuesday’s meeting. It is expected a public hearing will be scheduled for the board’s December meeting.

The first amendment would change the definition of “height” for buildings and other structures in a way to make the measurement more “accurate,” according to the proposed law. Presently, the definition measures height from only one side of the building. The new definition would measure height “at any point of the building to existing grade that may exist around the structure.”

The second law creates a new section of the code that limits the amount of native vegetation that can be removed from a vacant lot.

“In recent years, the village has routinely witnessed the removal of 100 percent of native/natural vegetation when vacant lots are cleared in preparation of new dwellings,” reads the intent of the new code. With approximately 20 vacant lots remaining in the village, the new code aims to protect those remaining properties from being clear-cut by limiting clearing to 50 percent of a lot’s coverage.”

The clearing restriction will apply only to properties in residentially zoned portions of the village and applies not only to trees but all natural vegetation including understory and groundcover.