August 30, 2006

East Hampton's Comprehensive Plan Upheld

Ross School's challenge to the East Hampton Town's 2005 Comprehensive Plan was turned aside in an August 18 ruling by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Thomas Whelan.

Ross School had challenged the town's amendments to the zoning map which rezoned 130 acres owned by the school from commercial industrial designation to five-acre residential zoning. The property overlies an area the town deems a priority drinking water area. Hundreds of properties throughout the town were rezoned under the 2005 plan, which was designed to reconcile growth and land preservation in East Hampton.

The town "expressed a reasoned and balanced concern as to those parcels being sold or converted over to commercial or industrial uses in the future with the attendant potential of harm to the prime underlying drinking water resources," Whelan wrote in his ruling.

East Hampton "took the requisite 'hard look' and provided a 'reasoned elaboration' regarding the impacts of the Plan . . . ," the court said.

Town Supervisor Bill McGintee expressed satisfaction with the ruling. "The board sought the input of landowners, residents and well-recognized experts, and believes that the final plan is an excellent blueprint for the town's future," he said.

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