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Jan 30, 2017 4:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Final Public Hearing On Environmental Study Focusing On 'The Hills' Scheduled For February 7

Jan 31, 2017 3:22 PM

The Southampton Town Board will hold the fourth and, most likely final, public hearing on the draft environmental impact study for a proposed luxury golf course targeting nearly 600 acres in East Quogue early next week.

The hearing, which board members previously stated will be the final one focusing on the study, will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, and be held at Southampton Town Hall in Southampton Village. The three prior hearings on the 473-page document focusing on the potential environmental impact of the development, called “The Hills at Southampton,” attracted hundreds of speakers and were held at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said this week that he expects to close the public hearing next Tuesday, though the Town Board would likely still accept written comments for another two weeks.

“It could be held over, but I believe it’s going to end,” Mr. Schneiderman said on Monday. “It’s the fourth hearing, and the crowd was thinning out in the last one.”

Once the hearing is officially closed, the Town Board will begin its review of the hundreds of comments made during the four public hearings, as well as those submitted to Town Hall in writing.

Mark Hissey, a vice president of Arizona-based Discovery Land Company, the developer behind the project, said that once the hearing is closed, he and his team will be working with the Town Board to address any unanswered questions that were raised during the hearing.

“I think it’s been a lively exchange of thoughts,” Mr. Hissey said of the hearings. “And I think that, as we’ve seen from the last two hearings, there is pretty overwhelming support.”

Discovery Land Company wants to build 118 residential units and an 18-hole golf course on 168 acres near Spinney Road in East Quogue. The units would include 95 single-family homes, 13 clubhouse cabins and 10 clubhouse condominiums. The developer plans to leave the remaining land as open space.

In order for the application to advance, the Town Board eventually must approve special zoning, called a planned development district, or PDD, as all of the targeted land is now 5-acre residential zoning—the most restrictive in the municipality.

But the first hurdle for the developer was securing Town Board approval for the study, dubbed a draft environmental impact statement, or DEIS. The study was deemed complete by the board on October 11 and released to the public a short time later.

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'Once the hearing is officially closed, the Town Board will begin its review of the hundreds of comments made during the four public hearings, as well as those submitted to Town Hall in writing'

....so the town is going to consider the comments that were made by paid supporters of DLC? What a process...

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“I think it’s been a lively exchange of thoughts,” Mr. Hissey said of the hearings. “And I think that, as we’ve seen from the last two hearings, ...more
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (374), southampton on Feb 7, 17 9:47 AM
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And do you have one scintilla of evidence to support your comment about paying people? No, of course you don't. Because it's another outright lie that you can throw out while you cowardly hide behind your nickname.

150-70 cumulative individual speakers at the hearings in support of The Hills. Six and eight new speakers opposing the project at the last two hearings. Yes, it's absolutely overwhelming support. In fact, it was a 10:1 majority of new speakers last night. And that is a lowball ...more
By Mark Hissey (149), East Quogue on Feb 9, 17 1:02 AM
yes, there is more than one scintilla of evidence actually.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (374), southampton on Feb 9, 17 10:01 AM
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I'll expect to see you submit it to the Town Board. Or is your anonymity too precious to you for that?
By Mark Hissey (149), East Quogue on Feb 9, 17 5:08 PM
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By Mark Hissey (149), East Quogue on Feb 9, 17 5:12 PM
Not to worry, all will be clear as day for the board.
Apologies for not producing formal documentation for this comments section...
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (374), southampton on Feb 10, 17 5:23 PM
to Mark Hissey:

Quote:


"150-70 cumulative individual speakers at the hearings in support of The Hills. Six and eight new speakers opposing the project at the last two hearings. Yes, it's absolutely overwhelming support. In fact, it was a 10:1 majority of new speakers last night. And that is a lowball reflection of the public support for this project.

So stop your unsubstantiated lies please."
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Impressive ...more
By highhatsize (3290), East Quogue on Feb 9, 17 1:26 AM
Official transcripts and tapes of each of the hearings. Go through them and see for yourself.
By Mark Hissey (149), East Quogue on Feb 9, 17 5:05 PM
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