August Planning Work Session

Thursday, August 28, 2008

August Planning Work Session

Updated 08/29/2008 - 1:51 pm

Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it, but the Westhampton Beach Planning Board got serious with the Hampton Synagogue, Kelly & Hulme, PC, James N. Hulme for the applicant, this afternoon.

Of course, it could all be pure posturing on the part of Chairman Ralph Neubauer, but mem­bers Barbara Ramsay, Sundy Schermeyer and David Reilly and even freshwoman Pamela Sheiffer seemed to sign on as well, so the long-delayed (5½+ years) Synagogue's ap­plication doesn't look like it's going to get the Olé! treatment it has in the past.

One of the larger problems is in the applica­tion's caption:

"Applicant proposes to convert a single family dwelling (Rabbi's dwelling) to offices for the Synagogue on the second floor and a meeting hall on the first floor, which will provide kosher catering of private events, which are part of services or events spon­sored by the Synagogue."

The application should probably have been denied on that basis alone.

Parking, the unpermitted-but-ongoing dump­ster, parking, the unpermitted-but-ongoing amplified sound, parking and the unpermitted-but-ongoing catering seems to be squarely in the Planning Board's sights.

It was also, sadly, Mrs. Ramsay's swan-song after nine-years on the Board.

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