East Hampton Town Hamlet Studies Up for Public Hearings Next Month

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A vision of Montauk being reviewed by the Town of East Hampton as part of its hamlet study. Courtesy of Dodson and Flinker

In the works for two years, East Hampton Town’s five ongoing hamlet studies and associated business study are ready for public review and will be presented one at a time at public hearings before the Town Board beginning next month.

The Town Board informally agreed to move into the public hearing phase, beginning in early September with the Wainscott study, after a presentation on the hamlet-study process by planning consultant Lisa Liquori at Tuesday’s work session.

The ultimate goal of the studies is to provide guidance to the board so that it can update and amend the town’s Comprehensive Plan — and eventually the zoning code — to reflect each hamlet’s future land-use aspirations. Before each study can be adopted as official policy, they require a public hearing and an environmental assessment, which will be conducted after the hearings

Town Councilman David Lys commented on Tuesday, for example, that the community wants to “remove the potential for more development in the lots in front of the IGA” in the Amagansett East area.

Based on comments from the public, officials, Citizens Advisory Committee members, businesspeople and others, hamlet studies have been in the works since 2016, when workshops, focus group and tours were held in each hamlet by the private planning firm, Dodson & Flinker with assistance from RKG Associates and Fine Arts and Sciences.

Studies will be presented late this summer and into the fall for Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott as well as a Hamlet Business District Plan.

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Peter Boody is news editor of The Sag Harbor Express. Previously he was the editor of the Southampton Press for many years and also edited several other papers, including the Shelter Island Reporter and the East Hampton Press, of which he was founding editor. He was a regular correspondent for the New York Times Long Island section and wrote the novel “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me.”