Chamber Throws Support to Hills Project

A public hearing on the proposal will be held on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall.

Credit: Screenshot DLV Quogue proposed Hills Project.
Credit: Screenshot DLV Quogue proposed Hills Project.
A project to bring a championship 18-hole golf course and 82 homes to 400 acres on Lewis Road East Quogue is simply a "no brainer" — that is the message Donna Lanzetta, president of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce is working to get out to the community.

Lanzetta said the chamber is fully supportive of the project that is proposed by Discovery Land Company and DLV Quogue, formerly East Quogue Group LLC, and has been looking for approval since 2009.

"We are going to shoot ourselves in the foot if this project is not approved," said Lanzetta.

Lanzetta said the project, which is seeking approval for a planned development district from the Southampton Town Board, will not only bring in $4.5 million in taxes, but she said it will not have a huge impact on the school district. 

"This company builds high-end homes. The people living there will not use these houses as their primary residence," said Lanzetta. "Statistics show that only 3.7 percent of the people living in the homes built by this company use the houses as their primary residence."

Lansetta believes that once the project is built, only 6 new kids will enter the school district. 

"This is the best plan," said Lansetta.

But not all agree, including the Suffolk County Planning Commission,which rejected the proposal, which will be built on 300 acres of the 400 acre property, earlier this month, according to a report on 27east

Members of hushquietskies.org, a group of area residents is also opposing the project, stating in an e-mail blast that that the Hills property is the largest remaining open tract of land in Southampton and needs to be preserved. 

The organization write, acknowledging that previous efforts to preserve the property have failed, "We still hope that this parcel, which Dr. Chris Gobler has identified as so important to the protection of our drinking/surface water can be preserved."

East Quogue Civic Association members have also stated that they oppose the project. The same is true of CAC-West

A public hearing on the project, which opened in August will continue on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall. 

To learn more about the project, click here

Patch wants to know: Do you support the Hills project or are you opposed to it? Let us know in the comment section below.  

leslie September 24, 2013 at 02:53 PM
They are not thinking of our children's future with no woods no wildlife and clean water for future generations... and to have MORE HOUSING built for who? the RICH, the prices so high that NO ONE (meaning the locals) can not afford... STOP BUILDING AND STOP RUINING THE ISLAND!!!!! this stuff has to stop.. Keep building and you don't have to worry about any hurricanes coming because there will be no forest left to hold the Island together and guess what NO MORE ISLAND!!!!! Probably fighting for this to get $$$ in their pockets. fix all of the abandoned houses and businesses and have them livable and working again then worry about building up the island.. Stop building NEW and fix up the OLD
Donna Lanzetta September 25, 2013 at 02:01 PM
It would be best if it was preserved, of course. However, it seems that that option has been exhausted. The owners of the property have the right to develop their land. To deny them this right would amount to an unconstitutional taking of their property. So, if the town is not going to buy the land and preserve it, then the best option for the community is for the Town to approve the PDD, which allows development of the golf course in addition to the homes. Without the PDD approval, we just get the homes. Homes without the golf course are more likely to add to our schools and strain our community services. However, with approval of the PDD and golf course, school students are less likely due to the luxury nature of the development. From a commerce point of view, the local business merchants and community sorely needs the influx of business. Our school sorely needs the $ 3.5 million of tax ratables it is estimated that this development will bring into the school. Most of the community merchants also have children in the schools and area, and most of us who live here are naturally concerned with our drinking water, our forests and our bays. In order to fix up the old and revitalize our community, we need income and commerce.
Matt Benham September 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Hello there, I am opposed to this project.
Donna Lanzetta September 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
why are you opposed? If you are opposed for environmental reasons, then you should know that opposition is worse for our environment than support.
WLH October 01, 2013 at 06:55 PM
"In order to fix up the old and revitalize our community, we need income and commerce." Seems like we'd be better off pulling together to revitalize and fix up our community- not selling what we were trying to preserve to bolster property tax revenues. For every six figure resident you add, it stands to reason a lesser earning resident will be displaced. Proposed development districts- Is that really a part of our east end way of life? Most folks had to have an acre to build a house, now these high density projects are undermining the open spaces of our community. Isn't the east end crowded enough?


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