Bridgehampton Citizens’ Advisory Committee Community Issues
Read about the important issues facing our town. These are issues in discussion before the CAC from 2003-2005
Bridgehampton Gateway/Barnes & Noble-Carvel Shopping Center Development
Traffic Safety on Scuttlehole Road
Pedestrian Safety on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton Village
Demolition of Historic Ocean Road House Without Permit
Southampton Town Transportation Study
Flooding on Millstone Road at Scuttlehole
Jitney/Bus Stop at Community House
Proposed Ocean Road Beach
Road Maintenance & Potholes
Groundwater Plan & Transfer of Development Credits
New Southampton Town Sign Legislation
Bridgehampton Hamlet Study Sayre Fields Preservation
Maintenance of Public Restrooms in Bridgehampton Village
A disputed parcel of land in the center of the development is for sale. The Town of Southampton is currently preparing a new proposed PDD for the site.
Several commercial parcels of land owned by Barnes & Noble and Siwicki/Conner Real Estate sit undeveloped across from Bridgehampton Commons. The Town has identified this site for development as a Planned Development District (PDD). With urban planning consultants the Town has created several plans for the site and has been negotiating with the property owners for more than a year. In Summer 2005, the Town learned that one parcel of the land as been owned by a third party for several years. The third party purchased the land from Suffolk County as a foreclosure when Barnes & Noble failed to pay taxes.
The CAC is following this site closely because any development will have a profound effect on the future of Bridgehampton.
In October 2005, a roundabout is being installed at Butter Lane/Scuttlehole and the corner configuration is being changed at Millstone/Scuttlehole.
Scuttlehole Road has several dangerous intersections which have been the site of regular accidents. Those who drive that road know the dangers of limited-sight curves and fast moving traffic. August 2003 was the date of the last fatality there.
Town Board member Steve Kenny met with the CAC to address actions the Town is taking to improve the situation. The CAC is deeply concerned and asked that all appropriate measures be taken to ensure road safety. The CAC requested that the town look at various solutions including improved line of view, speed, enforcement, etc.
In September 2005, the crosswalk was installed. It was reported at the October 2005 CAC meeting that it was installed improperly and that it would have to be redone. It was requested that, similar to the other crosswalks, cones be added to identify it.
There is a long stretch in Bridgehampton Village where there is no crosswalk. Pedestrians routinely cross in the location near the Presbyterian Church. The CAC has requested that a crosswalk be installed.
As a state highway, the State must grant the crosswalk. Town Board member Steve Kenny requested that Assemblyman Fred Thiele request the crosswalk. There was community frustration that it took so long to request/approve the crosswalk from the State.
The Town of Southampton has conducted a Hamlet study in Bridgehampton to be included as part of the Town of Southampton Comprehensive Plan. The Plan makes recommendations on zoning and areas for further study that affect business zoning, traffic, sites for community housing and other issues along the Montauk Highway corridor. The Plan was first introduced in draft to the community in 200x. The Town Board plans adopted the Study at its February 24, 2004 meeting.
It is the overall opinion of the CAC that Bridgehampton has more growth, density and traffic than it can currently accommodate. The CAC requests that no measures be taken which will increase the already expanding populate. There has been a huge outcry in the community regarding the issues of community housing—the Study offers up several locations for community housing (including Sayre Fields). The primary objection is to building density, rather than protecting the few remaining farm fields in the community. “Save the Hamlet Fields” association has arisen in objection to the identification of Sayre Fields for high-density housing.
The bulk of this property was purchased by the Town with Community Preservation Fund.
Sayre Fields, a 22-acre parcel in the center of Bridgehampton (behind the Catholic Church) has been continuously farmed since the mid- 1700s It is one of the last remaining open spaces in the Hamlet and provides a sweeping farm vista from Montauk Highway. A “Save the Hamlet Fields” association has been formed to urge the town to purchase the property with funds from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF). The owner wishes to develop the property and build homes. The Bridgehampton Hamlet Study draft had provided the owner with a density incentive opportunity with the addition of affordable multi-family housing. The density incentive for Sayre Fields was removed from the final draft of the Hamlet Study.
The CAC has recommended that the town aggressively pursue either full purchase or partial purchase of the property, limiting the number of houses that can be built. The CAC also requested that Sayre Field not be identified as a site for density and affordable housing.
In the summer of 2004, a four-way traffic light was installed at Butter Lane. While traffic now often backs up into Bridgehampton Commons, this has had an overall traffic calming effect and made it possible to cross north/south from Butter & Church Lanes.
The President of the Bridgehampton National Bank has requested that a crosswalk be installed crossing Montauk Highway in front of the bank. Currently, employees cross the highway to Bridgehampton Country Market for lunch and he is concerned about safety with fast-moving traffic. The Highway Department responded that rather than install an additional crossing, they would add sidewalks to the north and south sides of the Highway and convert the Butter Lane blinking light to a push button-activated crosswalk.
The CAC voted to approve the addition of sidewalks and a push-button crossing. Concern was raised that people would still cross in front of the bank and not venture to the Butter Lane crossing.
See Ross School sub-division plans now at Town Planning Commision
Maintenance of Public Restrooms in Bridgehampton Village
There have been no reports of maintenance issues to the CAC in 2005.
In 2001 the Town constructed public restrooms in the parking lot in the central retail area. Residents and business owners have expressed concern that the restrooms and landscaping around the restrooms have not been maintained.
The restroom interiors are maintained by the Town Department of General Services. They employ a local cleaning contractor who cleans and maintains the restrooms year-round. Any mechanical/building problems are fixed by the Department of Parks & Recreation by request of the Department of general Services. restrooms are cleaned daily, on a year-round basis, and twice a day in the summer season. Please report any problems to the Department of General Services, 631-287-5750. Regarding the landscaping and trash removal in the parking lot, General Services is working with Board Member Dennis Suskind and area businesses to rehab the area.