Ronald Webb’s proposal to divide a piece of undeveloped land on Oakview Highway, East Hampton, into eight lots with houses, with one being for affordable income candidates, appears near final approval, with a site plan ready for a vote, despite the protests of neighbors, who wanted to see the land purchased by the town and preserved as a park.
The East Hampton Town Planning Board held preliminary discussion about the proposal during a work session on July 11,
Board members expressed support for the neighbors sentiments, but cast doubts about the practicality of such a purchase, since negotiations over the almost nine-acre parcel of land have apparently gone nowhere.
“It is not something we are able to deal with,” said Ian Calder-Piedmonte.
“I am sympathetic to the neighbors. I feel bad for those people. Just to go on the record, we have forwarded a letter to the town board” in support of aquiring the land, said member Diana Weir.
Laurie Wilshire, of Land Planning Services, who has been shepherding the proposal through the approval process, told the town board on Tuesday that Mr. Webb was fully prepared to include an affordable housing unit in the final plan.