On Wednesday, Suffolk County dealt a potentially fatal blow to plans to develop a 79-unit housing complex in Amagansett. Under current zoning, 70 percent of the 24 acres, formerly known as Ocean View Farm, would have to remain farmland. The Suffolk Planning Commission rejected the bid to rezone the land. According to the East Hampton Star, "Although the Suffolk Planning Commission's opinions are largely advisory, leaving ultimate authority for zoning decisions to the town, when the commission votes against a proposal, a majority-plus-one vote of a local board is needed to override the denial." That seems unlikely, given that the East Hampton Town Board is split along party lines, 3-2, regarding the development, and a new Democratic majority, not in favor of the proposal, will take office early next year.
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