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02/24/16 10:50am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

At its work session on Tuesday the Town Board once again turned to the question of regulating the size of houses on Shelter Island.

The discussion ranged from protecting the Island from so-called “Hampton-ization” to the effect regulation would have on tax revenues to the environmental consequences of allowing large residences to continue to be built on the Island.

Councilwoman Chris Lewis noted that she is asked by residents on a regular basis “how long are you people going to let this go before you put a stop to these McMansions?” (more…)

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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…)