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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2042665

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I have a few observations concerning an article published in the Western Edition of The Press on September 29 [“Golf Resort Hearing Closes and Vote Looms, Despite Objections From Southampton Planning Board Chair,”, September 27].

When describing zoning concepts, words such as “modify” and “open space” must be used in context. The planned residential development submitted for a proposed golf course resort in East Quogue known as the Lewis Road PRD is not a “modification” of a previously submitted proposal known as The Hills planned development district.

A PRD is a different zoning vehicle from a PDD and should be analyzed as a newly submitted application — i.e., from scratch.

Second, under a PRD, the term “open space” is very misleading. It’s true that the open space on a PRD cannot be used to build more houses, because the development rights have been used. However, the open space can be used for a variety of businesses that include multiple large structures, such as a nursery or a winery.

In other words, under a PRD, the open space does not have to remain open.

Susan Cerwinski

East Quogue