Southold Planning Board members are expected to make a final decision on Monday on a proposal to construct an indoor riding ring on a prominent 37-acre Cox Neck Road estate.
Royalton Equestrian is requesting permission to construct a 28,800-square-foot indoor riding ring, according to the site plan. The new owners the proposed ring would be used for keeping, breeding, raising and training horses and would not be open to the public, according to the site plan, which was submitted in early August.
The property — the former home of Long Island Aquarium co-founder Jim Bissett — currently has a 14,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom house, Motocross track and indoor/outdoor pool. It was purchased for $4 million in January. Dr. Daniel Ferrara, a physician who runs a home visiting service in Hauppauge, and property manager Steve Libretto of Mattituck, first submitted the plan to the planning board in August.
The horse farm may one day be surround by residential homes as well.
According to an article in the May issue of Today’s Equestrian, Royalton Farms is planning to feature a grand prix course and hunter derby field, along with the indoor arena. A number of homes could also be built there, the article states.
Royalton Farms’ proposal is different than the controversial Showalter Farms proposal on Main Road in Mattituck, since the Cox Neck Road property was already being used as an equestrian facility.
The board is expected to vote on the Royalton Farms’ proposal at its Monday, Oct. 6 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. The board is also holding a work session at 4 p.m. that evening.
The regular agenda can be viewed below.