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Jun 23, 2015 2:53 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Seeks Alternative Scenarios For The Hills

Kyle Collins presents changes to the scoping document for the Hills at Southampton application. BY ERIN MCKINLEY
Jun 24, 2015 10:39 AM

Southampton Town officials will require that the developers behind The Hills at Southampton, a high-end golfing community proposed for East Quogue, present several alternative plans to address questions about technology, density and zoning.

In total, the town will require seven alternatives for various parts of the application, or four more than originally anticipated. Those changes are just one of many outlined in a scoping document, which is a precursor to the draft environmental impact statement that is required under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Each alternative will focus on a different aspect of the project, and each must include a “qualitative and quantitative comparison” of the environmental and social impacts of the proposal, which is a planned development district, as well as the potential impacts under current 5-acre zoning.

The first three alternatives were part of the original scoping document. They include what would happen if there were no project—meaning that the zoning would remain the same with no development.

The second alternative would explore the environmental and social impacts if the land was developed under existing zoning regulations. Under the current zoning of CR-200, which allows for 5-acre clustered residential lots, the developer would be allowed to build the same number of housing units, 118, as are now proposed for the planned development district, or PDD. However, under the current zoning, neither the 18-hole golf course nor the non-single-family units would be allowed. This alternative would also allow for a cluster plan, meaning the developer could fit more than one home on every 5 acres in exchange for leaving more contiguous open space.

The third alternative would explore what would be allowed under the current East Quogue Land Use Plan, which was developed by the Town Board.

This month, the Town Board added four more alternatives to the scoping document to make the environmental impact statement as thorough as possible.

The first addition would explore a proposal with reduced density—fewer houses or lots, with the town possibly purchasing development rights from the property owner to limit construction.

Alternative site designs with regard to building and road locations will also be studied. The fifth alternative will explore whether less turf could be used without the PDD than with it, and what can and cannot be placed on different portions of the property.

The sixth alternative will look into how the golf course and residential areas would be maintained after becoming fully operational. It would explore what types of machines or programs can be used, including natural organic turf management and an integrated land care management plan for the golf course, alternative waste management technologies and proposals for residential irrigation.

Finally, the town wants to see plans for how the applicant will address potentially significant impacts to the environment or public health, as well as plans that could make less of an impact.

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The EQ residents spoke loudly at the scoping session held at the EQ Elementary School. NO to the golf course.........give them their rights to develop on 5 acre plots. Our groundwater, bays and creeks are already under stress....the science is there for the SHTB to say "NO" to any golf course on "The Hills" property.


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