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Is it time to establish a historic district in the Town of Southampton? Sally Spanburg, the chairwoman of the Southampton Town Landmarks and Historic Districts Board (and author of the Southampton Village Review blog) sure thinks so. But what about homeowners who could one day find themselves within the boundaries of a historic district and want to renovate? Spanburg says, "renovating in a historic district costs no more than renovating elsewhere" and “there’s a lot of room for interpretation. And it doesn’t dictate the shingles or the paint.” But given the way in which things get done in Southampton (Public referendums! Supermajorities! Deciding whether to vote on a proposal to determine whether or not a vote requires a supermajority!), it could be quite a while before any new districts are actually created. [Southampton Patch]