East Hampton to Begin Hamlet Study Community Meetings

Pond, Graves, East Hampton
Not too much has changed by Town Pond over the past few centuries, but the rest of East Hampton has changed a lot since the town last adopted a comprehensive plan.

East Hampton Town plans to spend the next year looking at the unique issues affecting the commercial areas in East Hampton, Springs, Wainscott, Amagansett, Downtown Montauk and Montauk Harbor, beginning with a kickoff meeting next Tuesday, March 15.

The town’s goal is “to create plans for the future that create dynamic, walkable hamlet centers while preserving open space and enhancing the character of each hamlet.”

The town is also working on a business study, which will recommend concrete steps the town and the business community can take to maintain a thriving economy .

An overview and kickoff meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at the town board’s 10 a.m. work session at East Hampton Town Hall.

A kickoff meeting for the Amagansett and Wainscott hamlet studies will be held at 4 p.m. on March 15 at East Hampton Town Hall and kickoff meetings for the Downtown Montauk and Montauk Harbor areas will be held at the Montauk Playhouse gymnasium on March 15 at 7 p.m. and March 16 at 1 p.m.

A meeting for the hamlets of East Hampton and Springs will be held on March 16 at 7 p.m. at East Hampton Town Hall.

Charette sessions for Springs, Wainscott, Amagansett and Wainscott are expected to be held in late May and early June and sessions for Montauk will be held in mid-September.

The town is asking prospective attendees to RSVP as early as possible to EHHamletStudy@gmail.com, because space at the meetings may be limited.

The private planning firms of Dodson & Flinker and RKG Associates and Fine Arts and Sciences have been contracted by the town to conduct the study. They will be assisted by staff in the town’s planning and IT departments.

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk announced Tuesday that they intend “to be a part of every step of this process and we will keep you informed on progress.”

You can read more about CCOM’s position on the hamlet studies and their philosophy on what constitutes sustainable development online here.

East Hampton completed its last Comprehensive Plan in 2005, and that plan called for an evaluation of the town’s ability and desire to meet future commercial needs and to develop detailed plans for commercial areas. The current town board plans to meet this goal through the business study.

More information on the hamlet study process is online here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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