East Hampton Wants Ideas for Hamlets' Future

The hamlet studies East Hampton Town has commissioned will look at two parts of Montauk — the downtown, above, and the dock area — as well as other nonresidential areas around the town. Doug Kuntz

Consultants who will help East Hampton Town develop plans for the nonresidential areas of each of the town's hamlets will hold meetings next week to hear the public's thoughts and concerns. 

Because space is limited, residents and business owners who wish to attend have been asked to R.S.V.P. as soon as possible by sending an email to EHHamletStudy@gmail.com.

The hamlet studies —which will include a separate look at two parts of Montauk, the dock area and the downtown — will be done in conjuction with a business study to examine and plan for the economic elements in the town.

The kickoff meetings, according to a town press release, "will help the consulting team better understand community needs and ideas" for the hamlet study, a "yearlong look at the unique issues affecting the commercial areas" of each hamlet.

"The resulting plans," according to the release, "will show how to shape future development to create dynamic, walkable centers while preserving open space and enhancing the unique character of each hamlet."

The business study will recommend steps that the town and the business community can take "to maintain a thriving economy while serving the needs of part and full-time residents and preserving the local character of the hamlets."

The consultants will present an overview of the process at a town board meeting on March 15 at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.

While the public may attend the Tuesday morning session and can comment in a general public comment portion of the meeting, those who wish to share specific information with the consultants should plan to attend a subsequent session.

One focusing on Amagansett and Wainscott will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m. at Town Hall. A meeting focusing on the downtown and harbor areas of Montauk will take place that night at 7 in the Montauk Playhouse gymnasium.

On Wednesday, March 16, there will be a 1 p.m. session focused on the Montauk areas at the Montauk Playhouse gymnasium and a 7 p.m. session at Town Hall focusing on East Hampton and Springs.

While sessions have been designed to center on certain areas, comments may be made at any session on any of the hamlets in order to accommodate those who cannot attend a particular meeting.