The Town Board wants to clarify part of the town code related to helicopters and seaplanes in advance of a July 31 public hearing on the proposed amendments.
The proposed language changes discussed at Tuesday’s work session are intended to clearly define permitted uses for helicopters that are already on the books. For example, it is currently illegal for helicopters to land or take off anywhere in town under the zoning code — and that wouldn’t change under the new legislation.
Members discussed spelling out the permitted accessory uses of helicopters for agricultural operations, which are limited to spraying crops, surveying fields and transporting employees — all of which are allowed by a special exception granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Medical or police emergency necessities, as well as the agricultural uses defined above, are an exception to this rule, the code reads. This rule also doesn’t apply at Mattituck Airfield, Elizabeth Airfield on Fishers Island, Gardiners Island and Rose Airfield in Orient.
Seaplanes are also not allowed to land or take off from waterways under the jurisdiction of Southold’s Board of Trustees.
“We had an instance with a helicopter landing at a winery, so we needed to make it more specific so that people understood and it was spelled out,” Councilman Bob Ghosio, who serves as Town Board liaison to the helicopter noise steering committee, said after the meeting. “We’re trying to make it clear and address the future and take the consideration the current business owners that operate.”
The Southold Town Board met with Jack and Maggie Biggane, of Mollie’s Fund, about the possibility of installing sunscreen dispensers at five town parks and beaches.
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Last week, for the first time, the Southold Town Board required a waterfront building project to install an alternative on-site wastewater treatment system.
It was one of two conditions the board set in granting approval for a coastal erosion hazard-area permit. The project in question involves demolition of an existing single-story waterfront beach cottage near Kenney’s Beach in Southold, and construction of a new one on a piling system. READ
In an ongoing effort to find ways to alleviate seasonal traffic that crowds North Fork roadways, Southold town officials plan to meet with local business owners. READ
The Southold Town Board has officially notified local wineries that food trucks are not a permitted use within the town code. Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and Councilman Bill Ruland, member of the Agricultural Advisory Committee, met with local winery representatives at an informal meeting June 1. READ
The Southold Town Board on Tuesday voted to withdraw a proposed rental code that would require town permits for rentals and set a new hearing for a modified version of the law. (more…)
Last week, the Southold Town Board made two routine appointments to fill vacancies on the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. READ
The Southold Town Board and Agricultural Advisory Committee met in a joint work session Wednesday night to discuss the current code as it relates to farming. READ
The Southold Town Board last Tuesday officially filled vacancies on both the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Mary Eisenstein was chosen to replace William Cremers, who retired in September and died last month. READ