The Southold Town Board set a public hearing on a code change that would further define what requirement a winery in town has to meet.
The suggested language includes defining a winery as a place where wine is “produced, processed and sold” and calls for 80 percent of the wineries’ grapes to be grown on the premises or other land owned by the winery owner.
A new 12-minute video aims to address misconceptions about affordable housing in Southold Town and change “not-in-my-backyard” attitudes toward efforts to provide additional housing options. READ
Southold Town is considering special exceptions to allow apartments in commercial zones as a way to create more affordable housing options on the North Fork. READ
Only 17 properties in Southold Town would currently qualify for an exemption to the 2-percent land transfer tax that funds the Community Preservation Fund, according to an analysis done for the town by assistant town attorney Damon Hagan. The exemption was passed in 2014 for first-time homebuyers to help low and moderate-income residents purchase their first home. READ
To the editor:
The tiny house movement has gone global but Greenport and other East End towns haven’t embraced this concept — yet. READ
Nearly a decade ago, Alyson Reiter’s name was the first to be pulled from the spinning drum in an affordable housing lottery at Southold Town Hall. Twenty-two new homes in a Mattituck development were up for grabs at below-market prices.
Southold Town’s government liaison officer, Denis Noncarrow, is looking to create a public relations campaign because he believes there’s too much confusion among residents over the meaning of “affordable housing.”
While many residents at Tuesday night’s Southold Town Board meeting agreed that having affordable housing for the area’s workers and retired population is important, others said they feared how a proposal to increase the number of units allowed in an affordable housing development will change the North Fork’s rural character.
While Southold Town considers an overhaul of its housing code to encourage developers to build more affordable housing on the North Fork, the town’s Housing Advisory Committee brought a few, smaller code recommendations to the Town Board’s attention Tuesday, including easing restrictions on housing next to farmland and lowering the minimum floor space required. READ
Denis Noncarrow, the town’s new government liaison officer, will spearhead a campaign to get more residents seeking affordable housing to sign up for the town’s registry. READ