Board asks Heritage developer to resubmit site plan

The Southold Town Planning Board wants The Heritage at Cutchogue’s developer to resubmit a site plan that looks more like its original proposal.

Planning Board vice chairman James Rich said at Monday’s work session meeting that he believes the changes made to the latest version, including new road configurations, are too different from what had been tentatively agreed upon in September.

“There’s been enough deviation from the original, or conceptual, agreement and we’re not happy with it,” Mr. Rich said.

Specifically, Mr. Rich said he believes parking near a golf area and looped roads included in the first proposal should be re-added to the site plan.

In September, an agreement was reached between developer Jeffrey Rimland and Southold Town to put a five-year legal battle on hold so the proposal for the 55+ community could move forward.

Mr. Rimland’s representatives said changes to the site plan, including widening roads and eliminating tight turns, were made to improve safety for emergency vehicles.

John Wegner, the developer’s attorney, described the initial plans as a conceptual drawing and said he believes the latest site plan should hold more weight because it was drafted by an engineer.

“It’s easy for me to say ‘Put it back the way it was,’ but the engineering doesn’t work for that,” Mr. Wegner said. “If the engineering doesn’t work, then there’s a real problem.”

The developer is expected to submit another drawing to the Planning Board for review.

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