Here is an update to our talk with Dr. Scott Carlin about Southampton Town's 400+ Sustainability Plan.
We first spoke with Scott Carlin in June (scroll down to listen).
On Tuesday this week, the Southampton Town Board closed the public hearings on the Plan with all 4 members present voting in favor. Written comments can still be sent to the Board for the next 30 days.
During the hearings which started in the spring, many community members wanted the plan to be "less aggressive". So the language in the plan was softened. For instance "Adopt," was changed to "Consider". Many specific recommendations were deleted.
Details can be found in the revised document dated October 10, 2013 on the Town web site.
Dr. Carlin notes that:“The sustainability planning process is supposed to be inclusive. The public hearing process clearly demonstrated that aspect. Town citizens and regional stakeholders identified a number of concerns with the initial draft plan. The Town reviewed those comments and amended the Plan, where appropriate. In particular the latest draft gives more attention to affordable housing and policy
The Sustainable Southampton Advisory Committee will present a Public Forum -titled
“A Watershed Event” on Friday, October 25 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Stony Brook Southampton’s Library on Montauk Highway in Southampton.
The evening’s speakers will Identify the key challenges and priorities facing the Town’s ground and surface waters.
Town Board Member Christine Scalera will discuss the Town’s storm water management program and Bob DeLuca of the Group for the East End will describe the new Long Island Clean Water Partnership.
Also architect Bill Chaleff will review the Town’s Sustainability Plan
More info can be found here.