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East Hampton Proposes Zoning Codes That Would Count Basements Under House Size Limits

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Real estate agent Jackie Lowey said changing how basements are considered in building size would spur developers to increase above-ground massing. MICHAEL WRIGHT

Real estate agent Jackie Lowey said changing how basements are considered in building size would spur developers to increase above-ground massing. MICHAEL WRIGHT

East Hampton Town Planning Director Jeremy Samuelson said that current zoning rules are being exploited by builders to develop properties at far greater scale than building permits would seem to indicate. MICHAEL WRIGHT

East Hampton Town Planning Director Jeremy Samuelson said that current zoning rules are being exploited by builders to develop properties at far greater scale than building permits would seem to indicate. MICHAEL WRIGHT

In one example the committee pointed to, an excavated rear yard and retaining walls had allowed a developer to create a lower level that was not counted as part of the house's official size but was essentially a third story. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

In one example the committee pointed to, an excavated rear yard and retaining walls had allowed a developer to create a lower level that was not counted as part of the house's official size but was essentially a third story. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

An artist's rendering of what a

An artist's rendering of what a "lower level" that is at ground level would look like at a new house. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

The front view of a house that appears to be just two stories, the most allowed under town zoning codes. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

The front view of a house that appears to be just two stories, the most allowed under town zoning codes. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

The same house, as built, from the rear with a lower level at ground level. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

The same house, as built, from the rear with a lower level at ground level. EAST HAMPTON TOWN

authorMichael Wright on May 8, 2024
A first draft of proposed changes to East Hampton Town’s building code brought a torrent of opposition from many in the real estate and building industries to a recommendation to... more

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