Hamlet studies, public participation result in draft plans for Wainscott, East Hampton, Springs, Amagansett, and Montauk
Future conceptual plans for the commercial centers of each of East Hampton Town’s hamlets will be the subject of a series of public hearings to be held by the Town Board this fall.
The draft plans are the result of an extensive hamlet study process led for the town by planning consultants, including Lisa Liquori of Fine Arts and Sciences and the firm of Dodson and Flinker.
An August, 2018, Hamlet and Business Studies Update, timeline, and the draft plans are posted on the East Hampton Town website at ehamptonny.gov.
The process began in May, 2016, with a series of public meetings and workshops at which residents developed a community vision for their hamlets.
The town’s comprehensive plan update in 2005 called for detailed, individualized hamlet studies and plans, along with a business and economic study and plan, but the recommendation was not acted on until the recent undertaking, which is being coordinated by Councilwoman Sylvia Overby.
Comments that were submitted by community groups and individuals on the draft plans that have been developed will be incorporated into each of the plans.
The Town Board agreed on August 7 to solicit further comments from the public on each of the plans at hearings to begin in early fall. Dates will be announced soon for the hearings on the Wainscott, East Hampton, Amagansett, Springs, and Montauk plans.
The plans do not call for additional development or zoning changes that could expand future development beyond what is presently allowed.
Instead, they outline a vision for the hamlet centers and their potential redevelopment, which could be shaped through future policy, legislative, and preservation efforts by the town.