The Indian Neck Farm on Indian Neck Lane in Peconic received permission from the Southold Town Planning Board to convert three horse barns on the property from residential accessory structures to primary agricultural structures, allowing the farm’s owners to put in a 1,243-square-foot apartment on the second floor of one of the barns in order to provide housing for horse grooms.
The farm received a special exception approval for a “Farm Labor Camp” for the project from the Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals in February.
The Planning Board unanimously approved the project, but included in their approval a recommendation from the fire department that a fire hydrant with a six-inch diameter water line be installed on the property in case of an emergency.
“I felt we had a responsibility to pass that on to them. I don’t think we should leave it out,” said Town Planning Director Heather Lanza, after Planning Board member Ken Edwards asked why the recommendation was made.