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Southold Town Planning Board members at Monday night's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Southold Town Planning Board will review parking concerns for two commercial developments. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Two separate commercial developments slated for Mattituck have one concern in common: parking.

The Southold Town Planning Board held public hearings Monday night to discuss plans for Olde Colonial Place and Eastern Front Microbrewery.  (more…)

06/21/14 8:00am
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The town will soon be adding 'no stopping' signs near the intersection of Love Lane and Pike Street. (Credit: Cyndi Murray file photo)

The town will soon be adding ‘no stopping’ signs near the intersection of Love Lane and Pike Street. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

In an attempt to improve safety and congestion in the ever-popular Love Lane area of Mattituck, the Southold Town Board this week approved measure that would prohibit parking on areas of Pike Street east of the Love Lane intersection.

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03/12/14 12:00pm
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CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO |The board approved a parking restriction on Village Lane and King Street in Orient.

The board approved a parking restriction on Village Lane and King Street in Orient. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

After two years of discussion, the Southold Town Board passed legislation Tuesday restricting parking in Orient.

The law bans parking at the intersection of Village Lane and King Street to allow emergency vehicles to pass safely, town officials said. (more…)

05/25/13 5:00pm
05/25/2013 5:00 PM

Sterling Street Greenport Village

Greenport Village Board members could vote as soon as next month on a proposed parking ban on Sterling Street, according to Mayor David Nyce.

While the proposal has drawn a considerable amount of comment in the past, a discussion on issue came and went without a peep from officials or the public during Tuesday’s Village Board work session.

If approved, the law would prohibit motorists from parking on the waterfront side of Sterling Street, expanding a parking ban already in effect on the residential side of the street. That would eliminate just three more parking spaces, according to the board.

The change was suggested by village administrator Dave Abatelli, said Mr. Nyce. Mr. Abatelli believes cars parked along the waterfront where the road curves have caused unsafe conditions for southbound travelers.

During a public hearing on the issue last month village Trustee Dave Murray advised the board to wait to evaluate the traffic situation during the busy summer season.

Opponents of the ban argue that eliminating those parking spots would make it more difficult for them to access their boats docked at local marinas.

Another public hearing on the issue is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. at the Third Street fi re station.

Following that hearing the board could choose to vote on the ban during its next regular meeting in June, Mr. Nyce said.

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10/13/10 5:28pm
10/13/2010 5:28 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO During the summer, parking is at a premium on Front Street in Greenport. Village Board members are reviewing proposed parking regulations and the public will get a chance to weigh in before officials ask Southold Police to start an enforcement crackdown.

Greenport residents got their first look Tuesday at proposed rules that could affect their parking habits downtown. There are no surprises in the proposed village code amendment, which mirrors recommendations made last month by members of the village code committee.
Drafted by village attorney Joseph Prokop, the proposal could be amended by the Village Board. A public hearing date has not yet been set.
Greenport has been without enforceable, written parking regulations for years, so drivers have been able to be park at fire hydrants or in handicapped spaces without fear of getting a ticket. And even though there have been many complaints, especially from merchants, about insufficient parking during the peak summer season, nothing has been done to enforce existing 10-minute and two-hour limitations.
With passage of the new rules, the village would ban parking without a special permit at a fire hydrant or in handicapped zones and authorize Southold Police to strictly enforce its regulations.
The action is in line with a report from Michael Kodama of MK Planning Consultants in Burbank, Calif., who told Village Board members and merchants last year that before they considered creating additional parking spaces, they needed to have up-to-date parking regulations that were strictly enforced. Only then could the village realistically assess whether or not there’s a need for more parking, Mr. Kodama said. His full report is available at the village’s official website, thevillageofgreenport.org.
“During the field observation (Aug. 27, 2009), we did not see any parking enforcement in order for current parking rules and regulations to be effective,” Mr. Kodama said in his July 22, 2010, written report.
Under the new rules, violators of either restriction on parking at fire hydrants or in handicapped zones would be fined $100. Also, 10-minute limits would be changed to half-hour limits at parking spaces located as follows:
• in designated spaces at the IGA parking lot, which is village property;
• on both sides of South Street between First and Second streets;
• on both sides of First Street between Front and South streets; and
• on both sides of Main Street south of Front Street.
Also, two-hour parking would be enforced:
• on Front Street between Main and Third streets;
• on Main Street between Center and Front streets; and
• on one side of Third Street between Front and Wiggins Street.
Two handicapped spaces would be designated at the northeast corner of the IGA parking lot; two more on Main Street, just south of Front Street; and two on First Street, just south of Adams Street. Some are new and some are already posted as handicapped spaces.
Village Board members are expected to discuss the proposed rules at the Oct. 18 work session and recommend any changes they wish before scheduling a public hearing.
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09/30/10 5:35pm
09/30/2010 5:35 PM

The countdown is running on a series of public hearings on noise, deer fences and parking in Southold Town.

Three hearings are set for Tuesday, Oct. 5, beginning just after 7:30 p.m. The first, and perhaps the most controversial, will be on the Town Board’s proposal for the first-ever Southold noise ordinance.

The proposal would limit noise to 65 decibels at the noise-maker’s property line between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Noise outside those hours would not be allowed to exceed 50 decibels.

Aimed at curbing loud amplified music, the law would exempt construction noise, church bells, snowblowers, outdoor residential equipment, agricultural equipment, non-amplified noise from athletic events, legal fireworks displays and fire engines responding to calls.

Violators would pay a fine not to exceed $500 after conviction on a first offense, and a fine not to exceed $5,000 after conviction for a third violation within 18 months.

Some residents have expressed concern over the past several weeks that the penalties could be negotiated down from the fees listed in the law, while others have said that the law would be too restrictive for live music events.

The second public hearing, immediately after the noise law hearing is concluded, will be on a law that would allow eight-foot deer fences on residential and commercial properties. Currently, the town allows deer fences only on agricultural properties, but as the deer population has exploded, many people have found that the animals are ruining their gardens and landscaping as well as leaving behind disease-carrying ticks.

The proposal would require that fences be made of woven wire fence fabric instead of wood or other materials that are more visually obstructive. It would allow fences only along the side and rear yards of properties and across side yards at the rear of houses to create backyard enclosures.

The third hearing will be on a proposal to limit parking at the end of Mill Lane, on the west side of Goldsmith Inlet in Peconic, after a summer in which nearby residents say their streets were overflowing with cars on sunny days. They belonged to people who do not have town beach parking stickers and so cannot park in the town lot at the end of the road.

If adopted, the law would require town permits for cars parked between the road end at the beach and Second Avenue. No parking would be allowed between Second and Miami avenues.

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