Important Hearing Regarding Land Preservation & Water Quality Protection
We Need Your Help!
The Lewis Road Planned Residential Development (formerly “The Hills”) proposed by Arizona-based Discovery Land Company, is an 130-unit mansion complex and massive golf resort located in the Pine Barrens, a state-designated Special Groundwater Protection Area and Critical Resource Area. The original proposal for the project was defeated by the Southampton Town Board in 2018, but the developer resubmitted the proposal under a different zoning statute and thus re-branded it as the Lewis Road PRD. The project has been railroaded through the Southampton Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board. The Pine Barrens Society has joined Group for the East End in two lawsuits to block the proposed re-zoning.
While we wait to move through the courts, the project will head to the New York State Pine Barrens Commission for review. Many of you have asked how you can help – here’s your chance! The hearing before the Pine Barrens Commission will be on Wednesday, April 15th at 2:30 pm at Brookhaven Town Hall. We need people to attend, to show the Commission that residents of Long Island care about the future of our environment and the quality of our drinking water. The Pine Barrens Act has the most authority over development in the Pine Barrens, so it’s important that the Commissioners hear about your concerns on how this mega-development project will impact this very important Pine Barrens area and state-designated Special Groundwater Protection Area. Please attend! Just your presence will make a big difference. You are also welcome to state why you disapprove of this project at the hearing. The Pine Barrens Commissioners will want to know if you support or oppose this high density development in a very sensitive area of the Pine Barrens in East Quogue.
If the Commission determines that the proposed project does not conform to the Pine Barrens Act and Land Use Plan, the project as proposed cannot be approved!
Please send written comments to the New York State Pine Barrens Commission.
Mail: 624 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Please ask that your comments be included as part of the record for the Lewis Road PRD.