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12/30/15 2:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The residence on Charlie's Lane that spurred a debate in 2014 on house sizes that carried over into 2015.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The residence on Charlie’s Lane that spurred a debate in 2014 on house sizes that carried over into 2015.

A subject of conversation by residents for years got louder when Brad Tolkin decided to tear down a waterfront home on Charlie’s Lane and replace it with an 8,297-square-foot house.

What began as a simple, nuts-and-bolts zoning debate about an individual project inspired a new chapter in the ongoing saga of the “Hampton-ization” of Shelter Island. (more…)

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04/15/15 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | JULIE LANE PHOTO The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed ‘proportionality’ — what it means and where it should apply.


The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed ‘proportionality’ — what it means and where it should apply.

When the Town Board struggled last fall with Brad Tolkin’s bid to build an 8,297-square-foot house on Charlie’s Lane, it knew that action wouldn’t end the controversy about how large is too large for Shelter Island. (more…)

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12/10/14 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown.

The question of regulating how big a house should be on Shelter Island was on the agenda again at Tuesday’s Town Board work session. (more…)

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11/19/14 8:10am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board met in work session Tuesday to discuss a draft irrigation law and putting the brakes on large scale house construction. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown are Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Councilman Ed Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO |  The Town Board met in work session Tuesday to discuss a draft irrigation law and putting the brakes on large scale house construction. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown are Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Councilman Ed Brown.

A two-hour Town Board work session Tuesday discussed a draft of an irrigation law and placing limits on the construction of large houses, making little progress on either score.

After a lengthy discussion on the latter issue, Councilman Paul Shepherd speculated if it all boiled down to a question: “Is there any validation to this at all?” (more…)