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North Sea Day Camp Hearing Postponed Until September

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Rohma Abbas   Jul 7, 2011 2:31 PM
Jul 13, 2011 9:49 AM

A public hearing on the proposed expansion of a seasonal day camp on Majors Path in North Sea—a request that, if approved, would allow up to 400 campers at a time to gather on the property—was postponed until September so the applicant can prepare required environmental documents.

The applicant, Southampton Day Camp Realty LLC, was originally scheduled to go before the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals last Thursday, July 7, on its request for a variance, but was granted a two-month postponement instead. The hearing will now be held on September 15, according to Kandice Cowell, the secretary of the zoning board.

Southampton Day Camp Realty needs more time to prepare environmental documents to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, according to a letter sent to the ZBA that was penned by the applicant’s attorney, Wayne D. Bruyn.

The town’s Planning Board is serving as the lead agency on the state environmental review. To date, that board has not yet scheduled any public hearings on the application, according to Planning Board Chairman Dennis Finnerty.

“My clients are undertaking to prepare the required plans and Environmental Assessment Forms for formal submission to the Planning Board,” Mr. Bruyn wrote in his letter, which was dated June 30. “It is our experience that the Planning Board will thereafter need a reasonable amount of time to review and make the requisite SEQRA determination that will permit the ZBA matter to proceed.

“Accordingly, please let this letter serve as our request for an adjournment of this matter for all purposes up to and including your meeting of September 15, 2011, of the above referenced public hearing,” it continued.

Jay Jacobs, the owner of the North Sea camp and the architect behind the plans, is seeking a variance from the ZBA that would allow him to expand offerings at the 17.3-acre site, with the goal of eventually attracting an enrollment of 400 campers during the week. Residents who live near the business have spoken resoundingly against the proposal at a recent public hearing of the zoning board, claiming that such expansion would harm neighboring Little Fresh Pond and result in increases in noise, traffic and density.

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