North Fork Long Island Civic Associations

Watch Big House Presentation by Southold Civics, Tuesday, May 25th, 6:30pm

This coming Tuesday, the Southold Town Civic Associations will be making a presentation at a public meeting of the Town Board on the ever-increasing house sizes in Southold. The presentation will include our joint proposal for limiting house size in Southold, something that almost all other East End towns have enacted. (East End Beacon article)

Over five years ago, the Orient Association surveyed our membership on nine propositions related to the Comprehensive Plan to identify priorities for the community. Limiting house size emerged as a major priority. The survey with vote tally is here. As many of you are aware, the issue continues to be a concern.

We are jointly requesting changes to the Zoning Code in order to preserve the rural and small-town feel of Southold Town. Here is the letter to the editor of the Suffolk Times requesting action on house size in Southold before it is too late. Below are more details about Tuesday’s event and a joint statement from the Civics. Please join us and share your opinions with the Town Board.

The zoom link for the meeting is available on the Southold Town website here: https://www.southoldtownny.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=4862


Southold Town Civic Associations Presentation


Limiting House Size in Southold Town – Join the Conversation at a Public Meeting with the Southold Town Board

Southold Town – May 19, 2021 – On Tuesday, May 25th, at 6:30pm the Southold Town Civic Associations are holding a (virtual) public meeting with the Southold Town Board to discuss limiting the size of houses in Southold Town. All community members are invited to attend and share their views on this topic which we believe is of vital interest for community character and the future of our Town.

The zoom link for the meeting is available on the Southold Town website here: https://www.southoldtownny.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=4862

There is a growing urgency to address the trend of huge homes in our community before it is changed forever – its charm, and character destroyed. The Southold Town Civic Associations are calling on the Southold Town Board, under the leadership of Town Supervisor Scott Russell, to act before the end of the year to ensure that the hamlets which make up Southold Town are protected and preserved.

In 2020 the Town Board showed leadership by adopting the “Southold Town Comprehensive Plan.” A core pillar of that plan is the conservation of community character. To that end, as adopted, the plan advises that house size limits (“lot coverage”) be revisited. Revisions would still allow growth, development, and renovation of housing, but would safeguard outsized development and destructive speculative behavior.

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 Associations

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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