With a new survey, Southampton Town is seeking residents' input to aid officials in prioritizing community projects.
The Hamlet Priority Survey, which can be accessed here, asks residents to rate community projects that they believe could benefit from the town's . Projects ideas range from open space preservation, historical preservation, affordable housing, day care and elder care and community meeting facilities.
“When we our goal was to make adjustments to the criteria, standards and evaluation process that would result in project proposals that are fitting and appropriate for the community in which they would be located,” Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is quoted as saying in a statement from . “One of the primary areas of concern aired during the overhaul process was with the concept of community benefits, and the idea that because our town varies so greatly from one hamlet to the next, improvements like affordable housing or open space preservation that might be considered a priority public benefit in one area, might not be considered a benefit at all in another area. There was an overwhelming desire to make it clear to prospective developers from the outset what the planning priorities are — or are not — for each hamlet."
Holst said the results to the survey will "be combined with hamlet-specific preservation targets and proposed capital projects culled from the town’s comprehensive plan to form a list that will be subject to further review" and will be used as guidance to developers and made available on the town's website.
The deadline for survey responses is March 9.