6 Issues to Follow in 2014

A look at what's on tap for the New Year.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Find a round-up of 6 issues still lingering in the Westhampton-Hampton Bays area. 

1. Village Puts Master Plan Update on Hold

Developer Andrew Mendelson still wants to build a supermarket on property he owns on Old Riverhead Road, the Village of Westhampton, but his plan, which the village said requires a zone change and update to the village's master plan, has been put on hold. The board, which has agreed to explore a master plan update, has stated that funding for such an update can't come until its time to review the village's 2014 budget.

2. Eruv Still in the Courts

The Eruv controversy continues to remain in the hands of the courts. Over the past couple years, several lawsuits have been filed regarding the eruv, which is a religious boundary that allows Orthodox Jews to carry items that they are not normally permitted to on the Sabboth. Those lawsuits are before Judge Leonard D. Wexler.

3. CPI Developers Intend to Integrate Public Comment Into Final Plan

Four public hearings have been held on a controversial project to restore the historic Canoe Place Inn in Hampton Bays and build 40 town houses on the canal property, with the community still split on it. 

At the last hearing in December, developers Gregg and Mitchell Rechler informed the public during a public hearing Tuesday night that they intend to "integrate public comment into their final plan."

A public hearing is set for Jan. 28. 

4. Dune Road Could Be Raised With Federal Sandy Money

In October, officials announced that they have applied to the Federal government for Superstorm Sandy funding to raise Dune Road.  Officials will not know if that money will be forthcoming until the near year.  Stay tuned.

5. The Future of Common Core

It was clear at a forum held in December that parents and educators are not pleased with New York State's Common Core program. The issue is expected to spill into the New year, with parent's vowing that "they're not going to take it anymore."

6. Town Vows to Consider Preservation of The Hills

On Oct. 9, the Town of Southampton closed a hearing on a controversial East Quogue project, call the Hills, triggering a formal application process. Closing the hearing, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst vowed to explore preservation of the property. 

The project aims to bring a championship 18-hole golf course and 82 homes to 400 acres on Lewis Road.


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