Hearing Set on Wetland Law

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The Sag Harbor Village Board  earlier this month voted to extend the moratorium on processing wetlands permits until June 1 and scheduled an April 14 hearing on its revised wetlands law.

The new law will transfer authority over issuing all wetlands setback variances  to the Harbor Committee and take other steps to the village hopes will protect the environment from excessive development.

In the past, the Zoning Board of Appeals was asked to weigh in on wetlands setback variances, with the result that that board would sometimes issue variances before the Harbor Committee could review projects.

Besides granting authority over wetlands permits to the Harbor Committee, the revised law will require applicants to show that they have no alternative than to seek a variance. The law will also include new guidelines for setbacks.

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