Town of East Hampton, NY
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Chapter 255. Zoning

Article I. General Provisions

§ 255-1-11. Purposes.

This chapter is adopted for the purpose of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the Town of East Hampton by regulating the uses of lots and lands and the dimensions, locations and uses of buildings and structures throughout the Town, exclusive of the Incorporated Villages of East Hampton and Sag Harbor therein, in order to achieve the following related specific objectives:
Orderly growth: to guide and regulate the orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the Town in accordance with a Comprehensive Plan and the long-range objectives, principles and goals set forth therein as beneficial to the interests of the people.
Protection of neighborhoods: to protect the established character of neighborhoods, especially residential neighborhoods, the social and economic well-being of residents and the value of private and public property.
Proper use of land: to promote, in the public interest, the utilization of land for the purposes for which it is the most appropriate and to protect and responsibly promote public access to and usage of publicly owned lands and waters.
Affordable housing: to provide for affordable housing of the type and in the locations where the same will be most beneficial to those Town residents of low and moderate income who wish to continue to live and work in East Hampton, but who find that escalating real estate values make it difficult or impossible for them to do so.
Preservation: to promote in the public interest the preservation of prime agricultural land, productive wetlands, protective barrier dunes and beaches, unique vegetation, important animal habitats and other natural resources and man-made features of historical, environmental or cultural significance to the community.
Water recharge: to secure through the regulation of land use in morainal water recharge areas and by other means the maximum recharge of the Town's fresh groundwater reservoir and thereby to assure a permanently adequate supply of wholesome and pure water for use by the human community as well as a continuing natural balance and integrity of existing ecosystems in the Town.
Clean water: to protect and promote the fisheries and resort industries of the Town by perpetuating and, where necessary, restoring a healthful biological and chemical balance throughout the Town's waters, including its bays, harbors, wetlands, estuaries, ponds, streams, kettleholes and other bogs, natural drainage channels and watercourses, as well as in the adjacent sounds and ocean.
Safety and health: to secure safety from fire, panic, flood, storm and other dangers, to provide adequate light, air and convenience of access for all properties, to avoid the creation of nuisances and other conditions impinging upon the quiet enjoyment and use of property and to prevent environmental pollution and degradation of whatever kind.
Prevention of overcrowding: to prevent the overcrowding of land or buildings, to avoid the undue and unnecessary concentration of population and to lessen and where possible, to prevent traffic congestion on the public streets and highways.
Property values: to conserve the value of buildings, to promote the economic vitality of established commercial centers and to enhance the value of land generally throughout the Town.
Expedited review: to streamline, integrate, coordinate and, to the extent practicable, expedite local governmental review of development and land use proposals without compromising the thoroughness or quality of such review.
Aesthetic attributes: to perpetuate and enhance areas of natural beauty, to retain outstanding water views and other open vistas available to residents and visitors and to perpetuate generally those aesthetic attributes and amenities which not only please the eye, but which together are the essence of the nationally recognized character of the Town.
Personal wireless service facilities: to establish standards for the location, siting and design of personal wireless service facilities, and to:
Allow for alternative types of personal wireless service facilities in any location subject to standards;
Encourage the use of existing structures, including, but not limited to, rooftops, utility poles and church steeples for deploying personal wireless service facilities;
Expedite the review process for those applications choosing the least intrusive alternative of deploying personal wireless service facilities;
Caution users of guyed and lattice towers, monopoles and antennas to locate, site and design them in a way that minimizes the adverse visual impact of the lattice or guyed towers, monopoles and antennas;
Enhance the ability of the providers of personal wireless services to provide such services to the community quickly, effectively, and efficiently; and
Promote personal wireless service facilities' compatibility with surrounding land uses, and protect the attractiveness, health, safety, general welfare, and property values of the community.
[Amended 11-1-2002 by L.L. No. 34-2002]