Hamptons aim to curtail new construction of mega mansions

Multiple villages look to enact new zoning laws

East Hampton
East Hampton

Villages in the Hamptons are talking about curtailing the construction of new mega mansions.

East Hampton, for example, implemented new zoning laws last month that restrict the size of newly built homes in some neighborhoods, Crain’s reported. Southampton Village is discussing doing something similar during public hearings later on this week and Sag Harbor is contemplating temporarily stopping construction of outsized mansions, according to the website.

It’s the locals who are worried about these oversized homes.

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The number of building permits issued in the Hamptons has shot up, according to the website. Southampton collected more than $2 million in building permit revenue last year, about $700,000 more than initially expected. In East Hampton, this number was $595,000, roughly twice as much as the town saw coming.

Those new permits are largely being filed by developers, rather than “true owners,” Jay Diesing, the president of the Southampton Association civic group, said.

“A developer really just wants the headlines,” he told the website also. “On a third of an acre they will put a seven-bedroom house, swimming pool, pool house and detached garage, and supposedly parking for six cars.” [Crain’s] — Claire Moses