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Southold Town Civic Associations House Size Presentation Updated 5/29/2022


The North Fork Civics, a coalition of civic associations from throughout Southold Town, has been working with the Southold Town Board and its Code Committee for more than a year on a proposal to limit the size of houses that can be built in Southold Town.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing at the Southold Town Board’s meeting on Tuesday, June 21st at 4:30pm at Southold Town Hall, 53095 Main Road, Southold, New York.

Development has run rampant in Southold Town in recent years, and developers are replacing modest homes on small lots in neighborhoods throughout the town with large homes on a scale that has historically been more typical of the South Fork than the North Fork.

Many other East End towns and villages have restricted this type of development, and the North Fork Civics have modeled their request for this zoning change in Southold after codes that have been effective in neighboring towns.

The Town’s proposed local law limits the maximum gross floor area in residential and agricultural-conservation zoning districts and limits the height of residential buildings to 35 feet for buildings with sloping roofs and 25 feet for buildings with flat or mansard roofs. The new code also includes a “pyramid
law” which further limits roof heights near property lines.

The limits to maximum gross floor area would be on a sliding scale based on the size of the building lot. For example, on a quarter-acre lot, the maximum house size would be 2,100 square feet, while the maximum house size on lots between one and two acres would be 5,100 square feet, plus five percent of the area in excess of one acre, with a maximum of 7,100 square feet.

The maximum for lots larger than five acres, would be 10,100 square feet plus one percent of any additional lot area in excess of five acres.

The proposed law does not apply to farm labor housing.

The full text of the proposal can be viewed on the Town’s
website: http://southoldtown.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegalNotice.aspx?ID=2154.

To view an updated version of the Civic Association presentation from May of 2021 go to the North Fork Civic Association’s website https://nfcivics.org/

The North Fork Civics are urging members of the public to weigh in on this proposal, which we believe is a vital part of implementing Southold’s Comprehensive Plan, which calls for future planning in Southold to be consistent with existing community character.

We are working diligently to partner with the town in anticipation of implementing more measures outlined in the Comprehensive Plan to protect the tranquility and rural nature of Southold. This is a truly special place, and we ask the public to continue to stay engaged and make their voices heard on these important issues that affect us all.

Southold Town Civic Associations Presentation
Updated 5-29-2022

Southold and Riverhead are the only two towns on the East End that still allow extremely large homes to be built. The Southold Civic Associations have reviewed the codes from other East End towns and have proposed changes that are in keeping with what other communities on the East End have done, including Sag Harbor and Southampton. The proposal, which the Civics will present at the Town’s May 25th public meeting, will be available on the Southold Town Civic Associations website.The Civics, along with other groups including Group for the East End, the North Fork Environmental Council and North Fork Audubon among others, call on Southold Town to make house size a priority in the remainder of this year. The Town can change the zoning code to limit the size of future homes and ensure that our small-town feel remains. Southold Town is beautiful. Its historic hamlets and rural character are without parallel on Long Island. Now is the time to act to limit house size. Please join us and add your voice to the discussion.For more information, please reach out the Civic Associations here.About the Southold Town Civic AssociationsThe Southold Town Civic Associations members are the Cutchogue Civic Association, the East Marion Community Association, the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association, the New Suffolk Civic Association, and the Orient Association

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