The Real Deal New York

Court upholds East Hampton’s aversion to giant houses

September 21, 2016 06:14PM

The Villa Maria in Water Mill

The Villa Maria in Water Mill (Credit: Sotheby’s)

Who said size doesn’t matter? The New York State Supreme Court this month dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the East Hampton Village zoning code’s limits on house sizes. The regulations, which the village adopted in June 2015, reduced the maximum floor area allowed for new homes, restricted the construction of cellars and closed loopholes regarding additional floors. Joseph Rose, former city planning director under New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, was among a small group of property owners who railed against these limits. He told the East Hampton Star that he and the other plaintiffs intend to appeal the decision. [EHS] — Cathaleen Chen