Orient groups are continuing their efforts to purchase and preserve the Orient United Methodist Church building on Village Lane and are looking for support from Southold Town.
Oysterponds Historical Society vice president Ed Caufield and Orient Association president Bob Hanlon said Tuesday that one goal is to create a coalition between Suffolk County and the town, both of which have set aside funds for land preservation, so the town won’t bear the financial burden alone.
Residents in Orient have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the “Orient Plan,” a set of policies for the hamlet to complement Southold Town’s comprehensive plan. READ
As Southold Town finalizes its long-awaited comprehensive plan, Orient residents have nearly completed a land use policy of their own.
Proving public opinion is still a force to reckoned with when it comes to policymaking, a plan to redirect 3,000 heavy freight trucks per year from Interstate 95 in Connecticut to the North Fork via the Cross Sound Ferry has been dropped fewer than six weeks after Orient residents noticed it and protested the plan.
During a March 14 meeting of the Orient Association, dozens of residents met to publicly decry the plan, known as the Cross Sound Enhancement Project. It was contained in a section of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s Regional Freight Plan.
The Orient community’s vocal opposition continued at an April 22 NYMTC public hearing on the matter. (more…)