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Nov 8, 2016 3:10 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Next Public Hearing On 'The Hills At Southampton' Application Set For December 5

Nov 8, 2016 3:15 PM

After listening to community members offer their differing opinions on a proposed luxury golf course for four hours on Monday evening, the Southampton Town Board agreed to keep the public hearing open.

The hundreds of people in attendance Monday night were asked to reconvene on Monday, December 5, at 6 p.m., in the cafeteria of the East Quogue Elementary School—the same venue as Monday night’s meeting—to continue the conversation on the proposal dubbed “The Hills at Southampton.” At next month’s hearing, members of the public can continue to offer their input on a project that calls for the construction of 118 homes—95 single-family homes, 13 clubhouse cabins and 10 clubhouse condominiums—and an 18-hole golf course on 168 acres along Spinney Road in East Quogue.

The town will likely hold at least four public hearings on the draft environmental impact statement before making a decision, according to Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Dates for the other meetings have not yet been scheduled.

Mark Hissey, vice president of Discovery Land Company, the Arizona-based developer behind the project, said he was pleased with the turnout on Monday evening. “I was delighted, to be honest with you,” he said. “Before we were going to start, I looked into the crowd and I saw so many people with the support stickers on.”

At the start of Monday’s hearing, Mr. Schneiderman received nearly 70 cards featuring the names of people who wanted to speak—though a handful did not stay long enough for their names to be called. Mr. Schneiderman urged those who did not get a chance to speak to submit their comments in writing to Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer.

In the meantime, Mr. Hissey said he will be patiently waiting for the next hearing.

“If they all go like this one, I will be very happy,” he said. “I thought it was organized pretty well. It was civil.”

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developers from other side of the country are the NIMBYs
By dave h (173), calverton on Nov 15, 16 7:29 PM
Is there a clear point to these public hearings?

what is the goal of the hearing? does the board take comments from each side and weigh them? what bearing does it have on a valid application / proposal in front of the town board.

genuinely curious, how does this process work?
By adkvkdiesldkrive (9), southampton on Nov 15, 16 8:05 PM
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