Southold Town released the final draft of its latest comprehensive plan, in the works for nearly a decade, on Aug. 7, and will be accepting feedback at a Zoom public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and by email.

The 298-page document and 312 pages of appendices give an overview of the demographics and community character of the town, with chapters on infrastructure and transportation; natural resources and the environment; economic development; housing; agriculture; land preservation; human services; natural hazards and parks and recreation.

The plan is expected to be used as a basis for zoning changes to guide future development and shape land use policies.

“This is significant achievement in the history of our town,” said Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell in a video accompanying the release of the plan. “We can now stand behind this plan to set our path to continue to protect our quality of life, our economy, our natural environment, our culture and most importantly the people of this town.”

The complete plan is available as a PDF on the town’s website, and copies are available to borrow at each of the public libraries in town and at the Southold Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall, 53095 Main Road, Southold. To reserve a copy at the town clerk’s office, call 631.765.1800.

“We worked with you for over nine years at many public input meetings,” said Southold Town Planning Board Chairman Don Wilcenski in the video accompanying the final plan. “We’re very proud of this grassroots, community-generated plan for the future of Southold Town.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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

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