Public hearing set for next week on Southold subdivision

A seven-lot subdivision in Southold that has been in the works for four years will be pushed through to a public hearing before Southold Town’s Planning Board next Monday, after town planners learned that Suffolk County wants the project approved soon or its offer to buy development rights on a portion of the property will be rescinded.

The 21.6-acre property, owned by the estate of Antone Grigonis, lies both east and west of Youngs Avenue, south of Old North Road in Southold. A total of nearly 17 acres on two lots are slated for a county development rights purchase, and another lot will be dedicated to Southold Town for drainage purposes. Three of the four remaining house lots will be about an acre apiece; the fourth will be about 1.25 acres.

At a work session last Monday, Southold planners also reviewed a conservation subdivision for a property on Terry Lane in Orient owned by Priscilla Bull. Ms. Bull plans to subdivide the 19.5-acre property into one two-acre house lot, one three-acre house lot and one 14.4-acre tract of farmland, whose development rights were sold to Suffolk County. Planning Board members suggested that Ms. Bull discuss some drainage issues on the property with the town engineer.

Also on Monday, Patricia Moore, the attorney for Hobart Road homeowner Joseph Battaglia, agreed to new conditions for the approval of her client’s recent subdivision of his 2.32-acre lot. Mr. Battaglia has already built a large house on one of the lots that drew the ire of neighbors. Ms. Moore asked that the board reconsider its request for tree plantings on the second lot, which is currently vacant, until the property is improved. The board suggested placing a covenant on the new lot stating that the trees must be planted when the property is developed.

The Iron Skillet’s weekly antique flea markets on Love Lane were restricted to once a month by the town Zoning Board earlier this year. As a condition of their ZBA variance to hold the monthly sales, owners Mary Ann Price and Bob Hartz agreed to seek site plan approval for the sales.

The ZBA limited the flea markets to no more than 10 vendors, on one Saturday per month, with only 14 cars belonging to vendors allowed on-site and no parking for customers. The town’s planning staff said the application they have received is not quite complete but, based on a preliminary review, the board would oppose adding a fourth entrance to the property, as originally proposed in the site plan application.

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