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Oct 10, 2016 3:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Town Deems 'The Hills' Environmental Impact Statement Complete

Carolyn Zenk, an environmental attorney from Hampton Bays and a former Town Board member, voices opposition to the DEIS.  JEN NEWMAN
Oct 11, 2016 3:37 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

The Southampton Town Board deemed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or DEIS, for The Hills complete during Tuesday’s meeting.

Mark Hissey, vice president of Discovery Land Company, the developer of the project, said he was glad to learn that the DEIS will be going to the public review stage of the process.

“I’m happy that the public gets to view it now,” Mr. Hissey said. “They can have a really good look at what is being posted and weigh in with their feelings.”

The first public hearing was set for Monday, November 7, instead of November 1 as previously planned. The special meeting of the board will be held at 6 p.m. at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

ORIGINAL:

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday is expected to approve an environmental impact study for a proposed luxury golf course resort community in East Quogue, after the decision was tabled at the last meeting.

If the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or DEIS, for the development, dubbed “The Hills,” is approved on Tuesday during the 1 p.m. meeting at Town Hall, the board will set the first public hearing on the study for November 1 at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue in the hamlet. The date was already cleared with the school, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

“We have talked to the school and November 1 seems like the date everybody is available,” Mr. Schneiderman said during an October 6 work session. “That will give not quite a month, but three and a half weeks or so, for the public to be able to review it.”

At the last Town Board meeting on September 27, the board was expected to deem the study—required under the State Environmental Quality Review Act—complete, but decided to table the decision instead after two people brought up concerns.

During that meeting, William Kearns, an East Quogue resident, took issue with the town originally planning to schedule the public hearing for October 17—which would have given the public only two and a half weeks to review the document.

Carolyn Zenk, an environmental attorney from Hampton Bays and a former Town Board member, also spoke out at that meeting and said the DEIS still lacked required maps and did not include what the developer could construct as of right on the property if a zone change applied for by the developer is not approved.

Discovery Land is asking for the Town Board to approve special zoning, called a planned development district, or PDD, to allow 118 residential units and an 18-hole golf course to be built on 168 acres of land near Spinney Road in East Quogue. The residential units would include 95 single-family homes, 13 clubhouse cabins and 10 clubhouse condominiums.

Mr. Schneiderman said at the work session that he consulted with the town’s planning department and noted that the developer, Arizona-based Discovery Land Company, included enough information about the as of right plan.

“I have been told that everything with the as of right—all the maps are there,” Mr. Schneiderman said.

Councilwoman Christine Scalera echoed Mr. Schneiderman, adding that in the DEIS the as of right plan doesn’t have to be as detailed.

“The maps were in there,” Ms. Scalera said at the work session. “What was being asked for, as you indicated, was the size and scale—which generally isn’t done until after you deem it complete because they are large.”

Mark Hissey, the vice president of Discovery Land, could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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I just dont undetstand anyone interested in 118 plywood condos and parking and 18 hole 7000 yard golf course, club house, guest facility, pro shoppe, golf cart garage and driveway....
All crammed into a measily 168 acres
By dave h (176), calverton on Oct 10, 16 5:47 PM
$1.5 million each house plus ongoing club revenues. It's probably about a $150 million profit to the developers. Ask the company for their revenue and expense cash flow forecast spreadsheet that they created for their bankers and investors.
By dfree (316), hampton bays on Oct 11, 16 8:07 AM
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The Town should make that a requirement from every developer for every project submitted.
By rv (25), watermill on Oct 11, 16 5:48 PM
WE MUST ALL COME TO THE NOVEMBER 1 MEETING TO LET OUR TOWN BOARD KNOW WE DON'T WANT THE HILLS!!!!!!!
By Taz (283), East Quogue on Oct 11, 16 11:59 AM
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Throw in some housing and these people think they are doing something good?
Look at the houses on County Road 39, is that housing? STOP THE DEVELOPMENT.
By rvs (75), sag harbor on Oct 12, 16 9:39 PM
Hot Tubs, Saunas, massage chairs, outdoor experience