The Southampton Town Board voted on Tuesday to allow the developers of the controversial East Quogue Hills project to formally submit a PDD application.
The 4-1 decision, with Councilwoman Bridget Fleming casting the lone vote opposing the action, comes after several public hearings where community members voiced both support and opposition to the project.
The project is proposed by Discovery Land Company and DLV Quogue, formerly East Quogue Group LLC, which has been looking for approval since 2009. It calls for a championship 18-hole golf course and 82 homes on 400 acres of property off Lewis Road.
The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce and the East Quogue Civic Association have been most vocal about the project with the chamber backing the project, stating that it is a win for the community and the school district.
However, the civic group opposes the project and has cited numerous environmental concerns. The civic has also called on the town to preserve the property using Community Preservation funds.
The town has attempted to purchase the property with backing from the county, however, the town's offer was rejected by the developers.
Community members interested in learning more about the project can meet with developers and at informal meeting scheduled for Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Quogue Elementary School.