The Cottages in Mattituck, a 22-unit affordable community, while under construction in 2007. | New York State photo
The Cottages in Mattituck, a 22-unit affordable community, while under construction in 2007. | New York State Housing and Community Renewal photo

Southold Town will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m. on a zoning code amendment that would allow developers to build 12 affordable apartment or condominium units per acre, for a maximum of 24 units per project. Current zoning allows six units per acre.

Under an earlier version of the code change, which was placed up for public hearing and received generally favorable comment in June, the town board would have also had the authority to grant up to 36 units per site by decreasing the square footage of each unit. That section has been stricken from the new draft.

Developers looking to build affordable projects under the code change would go through a public hearing before the town board for a change of zone to “Affordable Housing District” and would have to select tenants who meet affordable housing income and residency requirements.

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said at the June public hearing that residency requirements include documentation that tenants have already been residents of the community for three years.

Preference will be given to people living within the same school district as the development before residents of other areas of town are considered, and tenants would verify their income each year.

The full text of the new draft law is available here.

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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