‘Non-Toxic Landscape’ Proposed for Big Lot in Redwood

Members of the Harbor Committee huddle at the dais as John Parker, center, points out a discrepancy in the location of the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard’s newly refurbished dock system. Peter Boody photo

The Harbor Committee of Sag Harbor on Tuesday got a preview of plans to replace a house, pool and carport on what attorney Brian DeSesa called the second largest single-family residential property in the village of Sag Harbor, a 1.75-acre tract forming a peninsula into Upper Sag Harbor Cove at 10 Cove Road in Redwood.

The project, submitted by 10 Cove Road LLC, will increase the wetlands buffer and dramatically reduce the lawn, replacing it with a small area of fescue and a large area of native plantings that will not require irrigation, pesticides or fertilizer. A saltwater pool requiring no chlorine will replace the existing pool and a new nitrogen-reducing septic system will replace the existing passive system.

The large existing house, the irrigated and chemically treated lawn and the chlorinated pool are “what caused a large part of the water quality problems we have here,” landscape architect Edmund Hollander told the board. The new design will be “an ecologically appropriate landscape” and “the right thing to do for the water quality of the bay,” he said. He called it “a fully non-toxic landscape.”

The project requires a wetlands permit from the committee and will be the subject of a public hearing at its next meeting on November 15, subject to a finding in the meantime by village planning consultant Charles Voorhis that the application is complete.

Also at the committee’s busy meeting on Tuesday, October 15, member John Parker raised a red flag over the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard’s dock work that was finished over the summer. He said a floating dock and its pilings now appear to extend 50 to 60 feet into the adjacent channel, well beyond the boundaries of the state-leased bottomland on which it is supposed to be contained.

Mr. Parker, who said “we’re looking into the issue,” noticed the incursion while reviewing the committee’s newly revised harbor management chart, which has been updated according to the latest aerial and geographic data. Simply comparing it to the view of the yard’s docks from his nearby home up the beach, he said, showed “they’re out into the channel,” he said. The chart revision has been underway for several months and is due to be submitted to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees for approval soon.

Also on Tuesday, the committee voted unanimously to grant a wetlands permit to Claudette Romano to allow a two-story house to be demolished and replaced it with a larger house on a half-acre parcel at 36 Oakland Avenue on the northeast side of Otter Pond.

The work calls for the installation of a modern nitrogen-reducing septic system and a 50-foot wetlands buffer, larger than exists on the property now. The new structure, measuring 3,902 square feet, will be set back further away from the pond and its wetlands than the existing house. An existing pool will remain in place but a gazebo will be removed.

The committee left open its hearing on Brian Halweil’s application for a wetlands permit to build a 15-by-34-foot swimming pool at 132 Glover Street after advising his representative, Susan Brierley of Due East Planning, the board wanted more information about the pool — which the panel was surprised to learn was to be created using a recycled shipping container. It also wanted the applicant to provide a large wetlands buffer and a new nitrogen-reducing septic system.

The committee closed its hearing on the application of Andrew Tilbury to replace an existing house on a quarter-acre lot at 43 Hempstead Street with a new house, pool and patio, an active nitrogen-reducing septic system and improved drainage system. There will be a 50-foot wetlands buffer on a lot that is currently 100-percen cleared. Committee member Herb Sambol called it “a fantastic plan.”

The panel asked that the proposed wetlands buffer be enlarged slightly to make up for a two-foot incursion at a corner of the proposed house into the required 75-foot wetlands setback. The board expects to make a decision on the application at its next meeting November 15.