May 18, 2012
Last year, the Southampton Town Board adopted reforms to the sections of the Town Code governing Planned Develop District applications. Included in the package of amendments is a provision that calls for the development of lists that identify and prioritize hamlet-specific community benefits. These lists are to be maintained, and periodically updated, by the Town, but with community input. In order to solicit as much individual feedback as possible, my office, in partnership with the Department of Land Management, developed a survey that was circulated to residents beginning on February 16 of this year. The survey was made available on the Town web site, written about in local media and distributed via numerous emails throughout the community until March 31. All of the 558 responses received are now available for viewing on an individual hamlet basis via the following links:
Note that the survey asked the respondent to rate and comment on the different types of potential community benefits on a scale of 0 to 5 in which 0 was considered “not wanted” or “not appropriate” in the respondent’s hamlet and where 5 indicated a “strongly desired” or “top priority” in the respondent’s hamlet.
Additionally, the Land Management Department has provided a list of hamlet-specific preservation targets and proposed capital projects contained in the Comprehensive Plan and its component hamlet studies that could qualify as potential community benefits. The following link provides the first draft of this list.
Draft List: Recommendations Contained in Adopted Plans
As previously discussed with community group leaders, feedback on this list is welcome and encouraged. Please send responses to Jennifer Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (631) 283-6055.
While this sampling is by no means scientific, it does provide a helpful guide for potential PDD applicants who may be looking to learn more about our local communities and to understand in greater detail the sentiments of its residents.
We will continue to update this list on an annual basis and to create opportunities for additional public input.
Questions about this process, the survey results, or the Planned Development District (PDD) tool are welcome in my office at any time. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Anna Throne-Holst Supervisor