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Southampton Town Wants to Hear From You

Town releases online survey in an effort to gauge the public's views on projects as they relate to the town's planned development district legislation.

With a new survey, Southampton Town is seeking residents' input to aid officials in prioritizing community projects.

The Hamlet Priority Survey, which can be accessed here, asks residents to rate community projects that they believe could benefit from the town's . Projects ideas range from open space preservation, historical preservation, affordable housing, day care and elder care and community meeting facilities.

“When we our goal was to make adjustments to the criteria, standards and evaluation process that would result in project proposals that are fitting and appropriate for the community in which they would be located,” Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is quoted as saying in a statement from .  “One of the primary areas of concern aired during the overhaul process was with the concept of community benefits, and the idea that because our town varies so greatly from one hamlet to the next, improvements like affordable housing or open space preservation that might be considered a priority public benefit in one area, might not be considered a benefit at all in another area. There was an overwhelming desire to make it clear to prospective developers from the outset what the planning priorities are — or are not — for each hamlet."

Holst said the results to the survey will "be combined with hamlet-specific preservation targets and proposed capital projects culled from the town’s comprehensive plan to form a list that will be subject to further review" and will be used as guidance to developers and made available on the town's website.

The deadline for survey responses is March 9.

Faustina February 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
What a crock. Who got these "surveys? The "revamped PDD legislation" was no more than tinkering so they could keep this developer's tool alive and kicking. Surverys and committees are the only contribution that ATH can come up with adding layer upon layer of bureaucratic crap on the public.
Ralebird February 28, 2012 at 03:23 AM
It's not at all "a crock" - if you want to be heard, you must first listen, or at least read. Try reading the first two sentences of the article and then be heard by adding input rather than just whining about things you can't comprehend.
Faustina February 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I read not only the first "two sentences" but the "survey" itself which is skewed, incomplete and self-serving. I don't know you, but I wouldn't if I were you be issuing instructions on how to learn or be heard. My input to you is develope a sceptical, critical reading sense with all official documents, unless of course you are on payroll or in the fan club.
Ralebird February 29, 2012 at 02:44 AM
"Who got these surveys?" - Why ask that question if you understood the article? As far as the survey itself, I agree it won't add much to the process as the Master Plan added little when it was touted as the road to Eden a while back. I remember choices on that one being between a photo of a dumpster or of beach plums in bloom with surf crashing in the background. There are a lot of people who want and/or need more businesses here, more jobs, more prosperity - but those choices never appear.

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